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Should we consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? Yes

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:124

Why does the BMJ even consider a poll on a boycott?

I am deeply concerned that a journal which has been highly respected
would even consider conducting a poll on a boycott of Israeli academic
institutions. The BMJ is a journal that should aim to advance the health
and well being of all people. Would a boycott achieve this? Is health and
well being something that is determined by political or religious
boundaries? If the answer is “no”, as surely it must be, then why does a
journal that should be concerned with health and well being even consider
a poll that is unrelated to that aim? No matter which way the poll goes,
what business does the BMJ have in even giving space to it?

Competing interests:
I am a Jewish physician and professor concerned with the life, health and well-being of other people. This in no way competes with my opinions.

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 July 2007
George Steiner
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
University of Toronto, Toronto Canada M5G 2C4