'A jaw for a tooth'--a biased report.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Health care industry (Political aspects)
Health care industry (Analysis)
Author: Ospovat, N.T.
Pub Date: 08/01/2009
Publication: Name: South African Medical Journal Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0256-9574
Issue: Date: August, 2009 Source Volume: 99 Source Issue: 8
Topic: Computer Subject: Health care industry
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Israel Geographic Code: 7ISRA Israel
Accession Number: 262583603
Full Text: To the Editor: I take the strongest exception to your unashamed political diatribe against Israel. (1)

The SAMJ is NOT a forum for political articles masquerading under the guise of humanitarian medical concern. You could have found more truthful and pertinent examples closer to home.

However, I note that you adopted statements from Jimmy Carter and Larry King as definitive comment regarding Israel's culpability. You also use extreme leftist group opinion in Israel to support your argument. Your report is unbalanced and one-sided, totally lacking factual information on what took place on the ground, and has nothing to do with the practice of medicine. You are clearly unaware of all the many serious cases of Arab children and adults from Gaza who receive First-World medical treatment (free) in Israeli hospitals. You are also unaware of the published facts regarding the so-called 'civilian' casualties in Gaza, which WOULD give a very different slant to your one-sided Israel-bashing exercise. I suggest you do more research and get your facts straight.

I feel very strongly that you have stepped outside your bounds as a medical journal editor, and a written apology in the SAMJ would be appropriate.

N T Ospovat

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(1.) Ncayiyana DJ. A jaw for a tooth--the human rights cost of the Gaza invasion. S Afr Med J 2009, 99: 125.
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