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Congratulations to the 71 British physicians who have recently made headlines for demanding that the World Medical Association (WMA) expel the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) from its ranks.  Their baseless hatred and bizarre accusations—of Israeli physicians using medical knowledge to torture Arabs—would be too ridiculous to acknowledge if it weren’t part of a greater effort to delegitimize The Jewish State.  As IMA representative Dr. Zeev Feldman responded, “The sword of the boycott has been raised against the scientific medical community in Israel.”

The WMA was founded in 1947 in the aftermath of World War II with the goals of “ensuring the independence of physicians” and promoting “the highest possible standards of ethical behavior and care by physicians.”  The organization has since grown to include 111 national organizations of which only The Jewish State has been uniquely targeted by the scurrilous actions of Anti-Israel advocates.  The sole identification of Israel for this abuse is particularly absurd given the nation’s reputation for providing disaster-stricken countries with emergency medical expertise and services.  This has been well publicized following last year’s efforts in rescuing and treating victims of the Nepalese earthquake and other heroic actions such as the establishment of an advanced medical center for surgical procedures following the Japanese Tsunami of 2011.


If the field of academic medicine aims to build bridges between different cultures with the goals of furthering healthcare for all, Israeli physicians are certainly trailblazers. World-renowned Infectious Disease expert Dr. Eli Schwartz is known for his travels to Angola in order to treat UN troops and the care he provided for the leader of Eritrea.  Opthalmology pioneer Dr. Saul Merin’s trips to Malawi in the 1960s later served as models for global health initiatives such as Doctors Without Borders and Partners in Health.  Dr. Yoram Lass should also be mentioned for his dynamic work using recycled hemodialysis machines for industrial and agricultural purposes within developing African nations.  And for the sake of furthering cross-cultural dialogue through medicine, it will not be forgotten that Dr. Dan Kiesel served as the lead physician-trainer of the Pakistani National Cricket Team in spite of his heritage which caused an uproar amongst the Islamist branches of the government.

But for the 71 British Physicians who seek to delegitimize The Jewish State, no amount of loving-kindness or good deeds on the part of Israeli physicians will subdue their rage.  One might wonder if these individuals are also boycotting the medical research of Israeli Physicians including:

  • Dr. Bernhard Zondek’s work in developing the first reliable human pregnancy test
  • Dr. Zvi Laron’s revolutionary research in pediatric endocrinology and juvenile diabetes
  • Dr. Marcelle Machluf’s cutting-edge development of medical nano-technology
  • Drs. Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover’s research in cellular homeostasis which was awarded The Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2004
  • Dr. David Danon’s pioneering efforts in the biology of aging
  • Dr. Arieh Shalev’s fundamental work in the field of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Having commemorated the passing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are appropriately reminded of his famous statement, “When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews…you’re talking anti-Semitism.”  Or as I recently wrote in article about another academic boycott—from the American Anthropological Association and their intentionally-selective slander of The Jewish State—it doesn’t matter what the facts are, some people just hate Jews.

This current group of 71 British physicians can join a long list of other angry folks who hate The Jewish People for who no other reason beyond that they are Jews.  May they be unpleasantly surprised to discover that we aren’t disappearing anywhere fast…



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Jacob L. Freedman, MD, is a psychiatrist in Boston, Massachusetts, and in Israel. He also works as a business consultant and is proud to serve in both leadership and advisory roles with healthcare and technology companies. Dr. Freedman can be most easily reached through his website at


  1. So they want to take Jews out of Medicine & Science. Let them. Who will they turn to for major discoveries in the next generation? Germany, Russia or maybe the highly intellectual from Abu Dhabi.
    If they want the Jews to run medical errands for them, then the Jews charge them heavily for the privilege.

  2. the names of all those who particpated in this bizarre and vulgar display of anti semitism should be published everywhere. all social media and posters flyers indicating not only the names but the contact numbers and informtion of these sewer rats. so they are, you know, easy to get in touch with.

  3. YOU went to Cornell?? It's hard to imagine you got beyond HS with your poor reading comprehension. SHOCKING how you completely failed to understand this article!
    The Israeli Medical Assn made the accusations that Israeli doctors were involved in torturing Arab prisoners. The 71 Brit doctors want the IMA thrown out for making accusations against Israeli doctors.
    Now, let me ask a dummy like you to try and think. Do you think that the ISRAELI Medical Assn is anti-semitic? Do you think that the ISRAELI Medical Assn is just making up stories about their fellow Israeli doctors with no evidence because they hate Israel?

  4. Wow Nancy thank you for your very informed view of who I am
    This is a comments section, not a section for verbally abusing some poor illiterate who obviously, in your opinion, "has no understanding"
    Yes I am taking Israelis side. Who side are you on?

  5. Nanette Smith
    How does a person become so corrupt and depraved that they would put ‘side’ above moral principles? If torture is wrong for one ‘side’, it is wrong for the other. No decent human supports a depraved, inhumane, unconscionable act simply because it is done by his ‘side’.
    You sicken me. You have the moral development of a 5 year old neanderthal.

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