Medical journal publishes two small responses to Gaza smear
In a previous post, I discussed the Lancet
's refusal to publish responses
to the smear job that they did on the IDF in their last issue. They have now published two responses. But one of them is from two American doctors and the other is a highly censored version
of a letter written by an Israeli doctor.
Only after a tedious and protracted back-and-forth did they publish a letter online, written by two Americans, Jeremy M. Levin and Ron Cohen, which
critiqued the pseudo-scientific piece which attacked Israel and
amounted to a series of Blood Libels against the Jewish state.
Read the whole thing
also published a much shortened version of another Israeli physician’s article here.
This physician, Dr. Tamir Wolf, has launched a petition for the dismissal of the Editor, Richard Horton, at The Lancet
. Dr. Wolf notes that The Lancet should never have published propaganda as science. She notes that:
“Elsevier has stated that the responsibility for
the decision to accept the open letter by Manduca et al rests with the
Editor-in- Chief, Mr. Richard Horton. We fully agree. Richard Horton,
the Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, has a long and public history of
anti-Israeli views and activism on behalf of various Palestinian causes
He is, of course, entitled to his political opinions. What is not
acceptable is the hijacking of a prestigious medical journal in
advancement of a personal political agenda.”
Wolf views the Manduca piece as “defamatory” and
suggests that scientists and physicians might “cancel their
subscriptions,” (withdraw) as reviewers and editorialists; (boycott) any
future submissions to the journal; (cancel) personal subscriptions; and
(engage) the media. Wolf ends this way:
‘There is sufficient evidence that Mr. Horton
has abused his position as Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet to advance his
own political agenda. These actions are not commensurate with the ethics
claimed by Elsevier and The Lancet and have severely tarnished the
reputation of the journal. “
I am glad to see the Levin-Cohen letter online at The Lancet. I am saddened by how many other good letters, written by Israeli doctors who are on site, were either rejected or shortened.
As a psychologist, I must first note that first
impressions usually last, that corrections or rebuttals do not carry the
same weight. Levin-Cohen are second, second to Manduca’s Big Lies. In
fact, the Lancet itself lists Manduca’s article as their “most often read
. The Lancet's treatment of Israel and Israeli doctors is disgraceful.
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