71 British Doctors Demand Banning Israel’s Medical Association
A group of 71 British physicians have approached the World Medical Association (WMA) demanding to revoke the membership of the Israeli Medical Association, was revealed in a Wednesday meeting of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee dealing with boycotts against Israeli academic institutions.
Chairman of the Committee of University Heads, Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie, said during the debate, “We have no complaints against the world academic leadership.
Our problem is with the campuses. In the beginning this took place in marginal campuses, but very quickly it spread to leading campuses in the US. The students who are being exposed to these activities will be the next generation’s senators, and this is where the long-term danger is hidden.
The American Anthropological Association wrote in its report that we are apartheid universities. The same association decided to conduct a referendum, should they boycott Israeli academia. We must reach every single one of the 12,000 association members. This is a symptom, and if we don’t act the fire will spread. There must be one authority in charge of this issue.”
Prof. Zvi Ziegler, Professor emeritus at the Technion and Chairman of Israel’s Inter-University Senate, said, “There exists a hidden boycott among academic staff members. It’s still below the surface, because they still think it’s illegitimate. We don’t manage to stop the flood with our measly resources. I am very concerned about the future.”
The representative for Ariel University, former MK Yigal Cohen Orgad, clarified how difficult it is to deal with the boycotts. “We’re having a real problem with governments, including Western governments
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