Academic Lies and Distortions in the Cognitive War Against Israel

Richard L. Cravatts, PhD, Professor of Practice at Simmons College, is the author of "Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews" (a David Horowitz Freedom Center publication) and President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.


antiisraelJews have been accused of harming and murdering non-Jews since the twelfth century in England, when Jewish convert to Catholicism, Theobald of Cambridge, mendaciously announced that European Jews ritually slaughtered Christian children each year and drank their blood during Passover season.

That medieval blood libel, largely abandoned in the contemporary West, does, however, still appear as part of Arab world’s vilification of Jews—now transmogrified into a slander against Israel, the Jew of nations. But in the regular chorus of defamation against Israel by a world infected with Palestinianism, a new, more odious trend has begun to show itself: the blood libel has been revivified; however, to position Israel (and by extension Jews) as demonic agents in the community of nations, the primitive fantasies of the blood libel are now masked with a veneer of academic scholarship and published as politicized scientific study.

Just this month, for example, the British medical journal Lancet further degraded its academic respectability and credibility by publishing something entitled “An open letter for the people in Gaza,” signed by 24 doctors and scientists. In the language of propaganda and politics—as opposed to the reasoned language of science and academically-based inquiry—the signers had as their purpose “denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel.” These doctors and scientists, none of whom has had to live under an unceasing barrage of more than 10,000 rockets and mortars launched from Gaza into Israel, nevertheless denounced what they see as “the perversity of [Israel’s] propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called ‘defensive aggression.’” Instead, the signers believe there is no basis for Israel’s self-defense, that it is actually no more than “a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity” and an “unacceptable pretext of Israel eradicating political parties and resistance to the occupation and siege they impose.”

“The massacre in Gaza spares no one,” the letter continued in its hyperbolic, not factual, tones, and, according to the signers, “these attacks aim to terrorise [sic], wound the soul and the body of the people, and make their life impossible in the future, as well as also demolishing their homes and prohibiting the means to rebuild.”

Of course, there is no mention of the Palestinian’s complicity in their own situation, no reference to the nine years of genocidal aggression by Hamas since Israel’s disengagement from Gaza, no examination of the failure of Palestinian leadership to even attempt to start building a civil society and functioning government. Every pathology and failure, including the health and well-being of the entire Gazan society, is the fault of Israel—as a result of its siege, its blockade, its oppression, and its current incursion to suppress Hamas rocket attacks.

“In Gaza,” the letter continued, “people suffer from hunger, thirst, pollution, shortage of medicines, electricity, and any means to get an income, not only by being bombed and shelled.” And inverting cause and effect, the signers then make the breathtaking claim that Hamas terrorism is a tool for creating a viable Palestinian state, that Hamas rejected a truce not because they are dedicated to extirpating Israel and murdering Jews, but simply because “People in Gaza are resisting this aggression because they want a better and normal life and, even while crying in sorrow, pain, and terror, they reject a temporary truce that does not provide a real chance for a better future.”

This is not a scientific report at all, but a politicized, subjective screed designed to demonize Israel and assign total blame for a very complex political and military conflict that is well beyond the expertise of these particular individuals. That it was written by intellectuals in the West in the thralls of Palestinianism is not surprising or particularly unusual, especially in the wake of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge to protect its citizens from being murdered. What is troubling, however, is that a formerly-reputable journal such as Lancet is now being exploited as vehicle for flabby research and specious science in the pursuit of political ends.

This is not the first time that Lancet has strayed in this pseudo-academic manner. The entire so-called “occupation” has also become a target for scientists who attempt to link the general oppression by Israel with a host of pathologies in Palestinian society. Several years ago, feminist scholar Phyllis Chesler critiqued a particularly egregious example of politicized scholarship in a paper published in Lancet. Chesler noted that the article, with the biased title of “Association between exposure to political violence and intimate-partner violence in the occupied Palestinian territory: a cross-sectional study,” revealed “that Palestinian husbands are more violent towards Palestinian wives as a function of the Israeli ‘occupation’— and that the violence increases significantly when the husbands are ‘directly’ as opposed to ‘indirectly’ exposed to political violence.”

The study, of course, never chose to examine the effect of the conflict on Israeli husbands and wives, who may well share similar emotional stresses to their Palestinian counterparts as a result of the genocidal aggression against them from various jihadist foes, and instead, according to Chesler, attempted “to present Palestinian men as victims even when (or precisely because) those men are battering their wives,” defining “Palestinian cultural barbarism, which includes severe child abuse, as also related to the alleged Israeli occupation.” The cultural traditions in the Middle East which enable men to totally dominate family members, treat women as property, and even commit “honor” killings when women shame male family members—all of these, of course, are not included in the emotional equation which might logically lead or contribute to spousal abuse. It is the Israeli occupation, and that alone, that causes such deleterious mental health conditions, “intimate partner violence,” in Palestinian marriages. Perhaps a better title for the specious article would have been, “The occupation made me beat my wife.”

In 2010, to cite another instance of this trend, the findings of a study conducted by the New Weapons Research Group (Nwrg), a team of scientists based in Italy, were announced on “the use of unconventional weapons and their mid-term effects on the population of after-war areas,” in this case Gaza after Israel’s “Cast Lead” incursion in 2008-09. “Many Palestinian children still living in precarious situations at ground level in Gaza after Israeli bombing,” the study found, “have unusually high concentrations of metals in the hair, indicating environmental contamination, which can cause health and growth damages due to chronic exposure,” and these high levels were the direct result of Israeli bombs.

Moreover, suggested Professor Paola Manduca, spokesperson for this study and another principal signer of the Gaza open letter, the presence of metals in children’s hair “presents serious problems in the current situation in Gaza, where the construction and removal of damaged structures is difficult or impossible, and,” in case anyone does not know who to blame, “certainly represents the major responsibility of those who should remedy the damage to the civilian population under international law.”

Environmental contamination of children is certainly a critical issue to address and identify, but questions arise from this particular study due to the shabby way the controls and research were conducted. Was it actually Israeli weaponry that contributed to high metal levels in the hair of the studied group? Are those levels significantly different in Gaza, or do they parallel other high-density cities with refineries, smelters, and other form of pollutants that arise from other, non-military sources? Was the same group of subjects tested prior to Operation Cast Lead to see changes in the incidence of metals in hair after the incursion? Were groups in other towns, which had not been bombed, tested as well, and how do those levels compare with the test group?

Another principal signer of the Gaza letter, and frequent contributor to Lancet, is Iain Chalmers, a medical researcher and member of the Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance (LPHA), an initiative between the journal and the group Medical Aid for Palestinians.Not surprisingly, the 2013 Lancet edition had a one-sided feature focusing on “the direct and indirect health effects of the Israeli occupation and conflict.” Chalmers is a defamer of Israel, who was gleeful about a Lancet cover that used the term Palestine, saying, “ . . . it’s one way in which the Zionists have failed. They have not stopped the use of the word ‘Palestine’ or ‘Palestinian.’ They have control in so many different domains. This is one that they cannot suppress.”

A third signer of the Gaza open letter was Derek Summerfield, a vitriolic maligner of Israel who has supported efforts to boycott Israeli physicians from attending medical conferences. In a 2008 interview in Al Ahram he described the Israeli/ Palestinian conflict as “the most awful crime has been played out down there by a colonial power that considered itself part of Europe. They were grabbing Palestinians’ land and torturing them in ways that were reminiscent of South Africa but, as it turns out, far, far worse than South Africa.” Summerfield has also suggested, as he did in the British Medical Journal in an article entitled “Palestine: The Assault on Health and Other War Crimes,” that Israel is a morally malignant regime which capriciously murders Arabs with no justification. Like other haters of the Jewish state, he also has suggested that Israelis exploit the Holocaust as a means of distracting their misdeeds towards the Palestinians, that, as Summerfield sardonically put it, “Israel continues to play the Holocaust story and anti-Semitism as a way of blocking the truth.”

The principal signer of the Gaza open letter is Norwegian anesthesiologist and perennial Israel-hater, Mads Gilbert. A political activist and member of the fringe Norwegian Maoist ‘Red’ party, Gilbert is also a supporter of the Palestinian solidarity movement. While not giving biased medical commentary to the media during the various Gaza incursions, he also has apologized for and gave tacit approval to the 9/11 attacks in New York, saying in an interview that “The attack on New York did not come as a surprise after the policy that the West has led during the last decades . . . The oppressed also have a moral right to attack the USA with any weapon they can come up with,” and that while “terror is a bad weapon,” he supported a terror attack against the United States “within the context which I [had] mentioned.”

Interviewed by Iran’s Press TV in 2009, Gilbert announced, without conclusive proof, that, “We have clear evidencethat the Israelis are using a new type of very high explosive weapons which are called Dense Inert Metal Explosives which is made out of a Tungsten alloy. These weapons have an enormous power to explode.” Though he moderated his opinion somewhat in the absence of any proof that his opinion about Israel’s use of weapons was even valid, he did use Lancet to repeat the calumny. “These are scenes out of Dante’s Inferno,” he said. “Many arrive with extreme amputations, with both legs crushed, [and what] I suspectare wounds inflicted by very powerful explosives called Dime [Dense Inert Metal Explosive].” Once again, a scientific journal published unsubstantiated and highly-biased articles, whose principal purpose seems to be to further malign Israel.

When brutal military assaults and Israel’s use of weaponry cannot be blamed for causing health damage to non-Jews, Israel-haters are quick to condemn the general oppression of Zionist occupation and brutality as detriments to Arab health and happiness. In 2005, Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) took it upon themselves to “condemn the Israeli Army’s use of psychological warfare against the Gaza population.” Through the use of Israeli F-16 jet plane-generated “sonic booms” that, according to PsySR, are a “particularly pernicious form of psychological warfare.” While they begrudgingly admit that the reason jet soirees were initiated against the Gazan population in the first place was the hundreds of rockets that had been raining down on Israeli neighborhoods in southern Israel, the psychologists’ concern never seemed to extend to Jewish children (75-94 percent of whom, living in Sderot and between the ages of 4-18, as one example, exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder), nor did they call for an end to the terrorism that Israeli military operations were attempting to curtail. But the sonic booms, nevertheless, were unacceptable.

Other scholarly publications have been intellectually hijacked with spurious studies that have a fundamental bias to them that discredits the validity of any research. The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, for example, ran an article entitled “The prevalence of psychological morbidity in West Bank Palestinian children,” written, oddly enough, by a junior surgical resident and a microbiologist. When members of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East (SPME), an organization of academics seeking balance in discussion of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, became aware of this bit of defective scholarship, they analyzed the paper themselves and found that it was an example of “weak science, which included the lack of evidence or references, the lack of appropriate scientific design, the choice of nonstandardized test instruments and the inaccurate citing of the psychological literature.” What is more, the authors’ original thesis, “that ‘settlement encroachment’ was responsible for the problems of Palestinian children,” had relied on the psychiatric “expertise” of linguist Noam Chomsky, whose loathing of Israel is widely known, to help draw the study’s conclusions.

Supporters of the Palestinian cause have come to accept the fact that Israel will not be defeated through the use of traditional tools of warfare. Instead, the Jewish state’s enemies in the Middle East, abetted by their supporters in the West, have begun to use different, but equally dangerous, tactics to delegitimize and eventually destroy Israel in a cognitive war. By dressing up old hatreds against Jews, combined with a loathing of Israel, and repackaging them as seemingly pure scholarship, Israel’s ideological foes have found an effective, but odious, way to insure that the Jew of nations, Israel, is still accused of fostering social chaos and bringing harm to non-Jews—in the bright “lights of perverted science” Winston Churchill feared might well be unleashed by a Nazi victory in the Second World War.

Richard L. Cravatts, Ph.D., is President of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and the author of Genocidal Liberalism: The University’s Jihad Against Israel & Jews.

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  • drygoldfeld

    One and a half billion Muslims harbor a rabid hatred for Jews at the bidding of the Qur’an . The Christian world has for nineteen hundred years spread lies , defamation , hatred and incitement against Jews . Anyone who does not belong to either camp had better keep a clear head and ignore this propaganda war .

    • Captlee

      What kind of comment is that? Who in the world supports Israel now, if not the Christians, and when the shiite really hits the fan, who do you think is going to come to Israel’s aid?

      • drygoldfeld

        I am not only a secular Jew but an atheist , however my experience during the last eighty years convinces me to reiterate my statement  ,as the exceptions to the rule have , unfortunately for Jews , been so very negligible .

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      The first Christian leader of any note, Constantine, instituted religious freedom throughout the empire. When are muslimes planning on doing that?

      • drygoldfeld

        To my mind Islam will never grant any other religion equality . All it can grudgingly grant is dhimmitude .

  • Damaris Tighe

    Some things never change. The blood libel was started by a converted Jew & is perpetuated in the 21st century by, among others, liberal-left Jews.

    • El Cid

      Nothing is more radical than a convert.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Well, current course and speed college campuses’ sole purpose will be anti American, antisemitic, pro Sharia political indoctrination soon. And hand and glove with that they will slowly but surely outlaw even literacy itself. So it’s a self correcting problem.

  • Doc

    Never in this country’s history have we had a prez that was openly a Christ hater and a Jew hater who finance the hatred these people Hobart for us . Why he hates us too send him and kind a message impeach him arrest him

    • doubleblack4

      The Prez also hates himself, his whiteness, his blackness, and his country.
      But so do most democratic pols and all too many repubs. It may take a miracle to save the USA. If ever a true messiah was needed this is the time for America to find him or her.

      • El Cid

        Did you ever see a picture of the President with his living Mother? Try to find one. How was this level of propaganda possible in the 21st century. Amazing efforts were made to ensure we don’t see an adult Obama with a white Mother.

        • Americana

          It’s as if you’re holding this up as proof of non-existence of his ‘white mother.’ Pictures have to be GIVEN to the www to be part of any sort of on-line visual archive. However, it would be pretty darn bizarre if his ‘white mother’ gave birth in a Hawaii hospital if she wasn’t an American. It would be even more darn bizarre if his grandparents took him in and they didn’t know their daughter had bore him.

  • Marty

    I’m a college professor getting ready to retire . My classes are full of lots of facts andaccuracy about islam and its genocidal hatred for non-muslims, especially Jews. I’ve taken several study-tour groups of (mostly non-Jewish) students to Israel over the years where they confirm what is said in class: the only democracy and vibrant economy in the middle east where the rule of law applies across society regardless of religion or ethnicity. It’s not always easy to get the truth out, but, in Israel’s case, it’s a labor of love.

    • El Cid

      G-d bless you.

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      Have you received any pressure from the administration to teach a more politically correct and less truthful viewpoint on Israel and Islam?

    • FrankTalk14

      How do you and the students confirm this? Who and what do you see in Israel, whom do you talk to? Do you take students to the West Bank and allow them to speak to some Palestinians?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Take students to the 9/11 memorial in NYC.

    • DogmaelJones1

      Is this a voluntary retirement, an arm-twisted one from the administration, or just a “I’m sick and tired of this rubbish and I have no allies on the faculty” retirement? Or a little of both? I didn’t know there were any college professors left who hadn’t been poisoned by PC and who didn’t pass on that poison to their students. My sympathies are with you.

    • Sharmake Yusuf

      Israeli “vibrant” economy is kept afloat by billions of dollars of US handouts every year, otherwise it would have collapsed a long time ago.

      Plus, the racism and segregation of different races in Israel reminds me of Apatheid South Africa.

      I keep asking myself: why is Israeli hearts filled with so much venom of racism and hatred of non-jews?

      I recall how non-jewish immigrants are treated worse than dogs! I used to think Israel is a progressive, forward-looking country, but i now realize there is too much racism and cruelty there!

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Sharmuta, If oil crude could think, then Arabs would be innovators.

        But the fact that there have only been 2 Arab/Muslim Nobel Prize winners, from a population of 1.4 billion, speaks to the backward nature of your culture and society.

        Israel Innovates, Sharmuta culture destroys.

        I keep asking myself: why are Arab/Muslim black hearts filled with so much venom of racism and hatred of non-Muslims?

        Are you upset that the Israelis are not the unarmed Jews of Khybar? I hope you are.

        Ramadan Nakba!

      • tickletik

        You have absolutely no idea whatsoever of what you are talking about. None. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

        If I didn’t know better than I would say you are a right wing troll making leftists look bad.

        But I do know better. You are really nothing more than a hate filled bitter old poisonous rag that can do nothing else besides make up vile lies and spew black hearted venom about anyone that has too mug decency to slap you in your lying mouth.

        Just yesterday I saw a Muslim family in the azrieli passage to the train section. They were laughing and at total peace. While surrounded by all the young soldiers going home from base. “Hatred for Arabs”?! I wish WE were hated like that!!!!!

  • watsa46

    A significant % of the Jewish elite in the US and in Europe is antisemitic. The fact that half of American Jews (a very recent pole) criticize Israel for defending herself against many years of Hamas attacks with rockets is shameful, appalling and disgusting. 2000 years of oppression at the hands of Christians and 12 centuries at the hands of Muslims teach NOTHING to these Jewish antisemites. History shows that a people without a country is a the Merci of others and therefore abused, oppressed and victimized. Many of these antisemites are ignorant, self-centered and pseudo-intellectual. The today example of the Kurdish people rings hollow to them. Every empire and power/superpower eventually will be destroyed. The US will not escape. Then what?

    • Habbgun

      At some point you can’t be counted as a Jew but as a Leftist. Christians would seem to be just as crazy if you counted the hard left as Christians just because of common ancestry.

      If we are finally honest about who is who and what is what then the world will have to follow. The day they have to stand up and say as a leftist I support such and such and denounce such and such instead of as a Jew we will be living in a more honest world. Most likely once they lose their usefulness the Left will dump those losers and their success will be seen as the sham it is.

    • Americana

      Those Jews can’t be considered ‘anti-Semitic’ just because they have a different point of view on how Israel should deal w/the Palestinian question. That’s not at all what anti-Semitism should be seen as being. They may be just as concerned that Israel is continuing to make strategically poor long-term choices in her dealings w/the Palestinians. I certainly think that’s true. As for those professors thinking the wrong thing about the example of the Kurdish people, somehow I think those professors would lump the Palestinian and the Kurds into the same basket. Just a wild guess on my part though.

      Is that ‘Merci’ blooper of yours simply a significant “English isn’t my mother tongue” kind of error or are you making a fairly sophisticated type of pun?

    • IslamDownpressesHumanity

      2000 years of oppression at the hands of the Christians? For hundreds of years after Yeshua was crucified Christians were the persecuted — especially by Imperial Rome.

      • tickletik

        Yes. Rome was a nightmare. The loss of judaea to Rome is probably one of the worst disasters in human history. And I am not considering the Jewish tragedy as well.

  • Lanna

    Israel owes her allegiance to God, not to man, or traitors who betray her or real peace!

  • Hank Rearden

    …except that where the Jews have been in charge, the Arabs have done well. The current problems in the West Bank date from the takeover from Israel by the PLO.

    • StanleyT

      By the sound of it, you know this piece, but if you don’t, it’s well worth reading. It provides statistics about life for “Palestinians” when they actually were governed by Israel, from 1967 – 1993:

      http://www.aish.com/jw/me/48898917.html

      • Americana

        Well, the Israelis weren’t running an economic blockade during their occupation period that was quite as punitive and destructive as the economic blockade they’re running now, were they? The two situations — then and now — aren’t comparable.
        ____________________________________________________________

        It’s Wiki, but it’s concise.
        ______________________

        1989–2004[edit]

        Since June 1989, Israel has formally restricted the movement of Palestinians, imposing a magnetic-card system whereby only those with such a card were allowed to leave the Strip: Israeli authorities did not issue magnetic cards to released prisoners, former administrative detainees, or people who had been detained and released without charges being filed against them.[34] January 1991 marked the beginning of the permanent closure policy, whereby each resident of Gaza who desired to travel within Israel or the West Bank was required to have a personal exit permit.[34] In March 1993, Israel imposed an overall closure on Gaza with newly built checkpoints; and, from October 2000, Israel imposed a comprehensive closure on the Gaza Strip.[34]

        When the Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out in September 2000 Israel put trade restrictions on the Gaza Strip and closed the Gaza International Airport. The economic effects worsened after the creation of a ‘buffer zone’ in September 2001, that would seal all entry and exit points in the Palestinian Territories for “security reasons.” After 9 October 2001, movement of people and goods across the ‘Green Line’ dividing the West Bank from Israel, and between the Gaza Strip and Israel, was halted, and a complete internal closure was effected on 14 November 2001.[35] The worsening economic and humanitarian situation raised great concern abroad. According to the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in January 2003, the Israeli blockade and closures had pushed the Palestinian economy into a stage of de-development and drained as much as US $2.4 billion out of the economy of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.[36]

        2005 Agreement on Movement and Access[edit]

        The Israel Defense Forces left the Gaza Strip on 1 September 2005 as part of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan. An “Agreement on Movement and Access” (AMA) between Israel and the Palestinian Authority was concluded in November 2005 to improvePalestinian freedom of movement and economic activity in the Gaza Strip. Under its terms, the Rafah crossing with Egypt was to be reopened, with transits monitored by the Palestinian National Authority and the European Union. Only people with Palestinian ID, or foreign nationals, by exception, in certain categories, subject to Israeli oversight, were permitted to cross in and out.[37][38]

        2006–2007 economic sanctions[edit]

        Main article: 2006–2007 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority

        The 2006–2007 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority were economic sanctions imposed by Israel and theQuartet on the Middle East against the Palestinian National Authority and the Palestinian territories following the January 2006 legislative elections that brought Hamas to power.[39] In March 2007, the Palestinian Legislative Council established a national unity government, with 83 representatives voting in favor and three against. Government ministers were sworn in by Mahmoud Abbas, the chairman on the Palestinian Authority, in a ceremony held simultaneously in Gaza and Ramallah.

        Throughout 2006, the Karni crossing remained only partially operational, costing Palestinians losses of $500,000 a day, as less than 10% of the Gaza Strip’s minimal daily export targets were achieved. Basic food commodities were severely depleted, bakeries closed and food rationing was introduced

        On the actual Israeli full-scale blockade (different Wiki entry):

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockade_of_the_Gaza_Strip

        The blockade of the Gaza Strip refers to a land, air, and sea blockade on the Gaza Strip byEgypt and Israel from 2007 to present (July 2014). Israel said that it relatively eased the blockade for non-military goods in June 2010.[1] Egypt reopened the Rafah border crossing in 2011 for persons and goods.[2][3] However, the entry of building materials was suspended after the uncovering of a tunnel on October 7th 2013.[4] 2006 Hamas won the Palestinian legislative election, triggering the 2006–07 economic sanctions against the Palestinian National Authority by Israel and the Quartet on the Middle East. In March 2007, Hamas and Fatah formed a Palestinian authority national unity government headed by Ismail Haniya. Shortly after, in June, Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in the course of the Battle of Gaza,[5] seizing government institutions and replacing Fatah and other government officials with its own.[6] Following the takeover, Egypt and Israel largely sealed their border crossings with Gaza, on the grounds that Fatah had fled and was no longer providing security on the Palestinian side.[7]

        Israel maintains that the blockade is necessary to limit Palestinian rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip on its cities and to prevent Hamas from obtaining other weapons. Prior to its 2011 opening of the Rafah crossing, Egypt maintained that it could not fully open its side of the border since completely opening the border would represent Egyptian recognition of the Hamas control of Gaza, undermine the legitimacy of the Palestinian National Authority and consecrate the split between Gaza and the West Bank.[8]

        Facing mounting international calls to ease or lift their blockade in response to the Gaza flotilla raid, Egypt and Israel lessened the restrictions starting in June 2010. Israel announced that it will allow all strictly civilian goods into Gaza while preventing certain weapons and what it designates as “dual-use” items from entering Gaza.[9] Egypt partly opened the Rafah border crossing from Egypt to Gaza, primarily for people, but not for supplies, to go through.[10] The Israeli NGO Gisha Legal Center for Freedom of Movement asserted in a July 2010 report[11] that Israel continues to prevent normal functioning of the Gazan economy. Israel continues to severely restrict and/or prevent people from entering or exiting Gaza according to Gisha.[12][13][14] The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) conducted an assessment of the humanitarian impact of the easing of the blockage in January and February 2011 and concluded that they did not result in a significant improvement in people’s livelihoods.[15]

        Egypt for some time opened the Rafah border crossing permanently as of 28 May 2011. A limited number of women of all ages and men aged below 18 and above 40 were able to enter Egypt without a visa,[16] although there are still severe restrictions on the movement of personnel and goods to and from Gaza.[17][18] In 2013-2014, Egypt’s military has destroyed most of the 1,200 tunnels which are used for smuggling food, weapons and other goods to Gaza

  • Pepe Turcon

    All of this…much like Obama, is a wake up call. Let’s take action and support your Tea Party!

  • El Cid

    Let us not forget that it was a group of Academics who designed the final solution in Germany replete with trains, starvation and ovens. They needed to find a way to overcome the limitations of mass executions using open pits and firing squads. This method was too slow The academics came to the rescue after careful analysis of the “problem”.

  • PATRIOT.WW48

    very well said, here-here.!!!!!

  • liz

    All of this incredibly stupid, lame, and ridiculous concern over the “plight” of the poor, helpless, barbaric ISLAMIC TERRORISTS reeks of the leftist manipulation of the media and the minds of useful idiots.
    They did the same thing in the sixties with the Black Panthers. They’re doing it with “man made” global warming (using scientists to push their agenda).
    This is just another in a long line of leftist “causes” being used to destroy free societies and replace them with totalitarian dictatorships.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Islamofascism,
    Stop Using Children as Human Shields!
    Stop Hiding Behind Women and Children!

  • REZIST

    You didn’t mention Shlomo Sand, Norman Finkelstein and Edwin Black.

  • Zhora Nadirskiy

    Lancet and their
    writing staff (should I say stooges?) may be adept at writing falsifications
    like this. However, what they lack is some basic knowledge of history.
    Just to remind them a few facts:

    Britain will never be
    able to wash off the disgrace of colonialism in the infamous decades of the
    British Empire.

    Their country has gone
    down in the annals of world history as the pioneers of genocide and supreme
    robber. When I was visiting the British Museum in the 90′s I couldn’t help
    thinking how many people the British must have exterminated to get all those
    riches.

    The British HAVE NO
    RIGHT to judge other countries because they are themselves up to their necks
    covered with the blood of innocent souls in their former colonies.

    Where were they when 6
    million Jews were being slaughtered by the Nazis?

    Where was their public
    opinion and the press?

    They wanted to appease
    Hitler and got his rockets on their heads. Where would they be now, but for the
    Soviet Army and Jews who fought in their
    brigades?

    Now they are trying to
    appease militant terrorist Islam. The Islamists have already occupied their
    country.

    Let them make no
    mistake. Theirs is the next turn. Those
    who think that appeasing Islamic bullies will help them save their skins are in
    for more than serious trouble.

    Thank god Israel the
    means to defend its people with dignity and determination.

    The letter published
    in “LANCET” is wholly permeated with frustration. One can’t buts suspect the authors of envy at the
    achievements of Israeli medical community and science. Why not seize the
    opportunity and lash at them on the political front?

    “LANCET” is medical
    journal and should stick to medical research instead of sticking its nose in
    politics and practicing militant anti-Semitism.

    Sincerely,

    David Golan

  • CT

    Probably the most horrifying “academic” demonizer of Israel is Jewish ex-Israeli Ilan Pappe. I am amazed how often his name is cited. If anyone ever needs to make it clear to someone that their brave hero is a fraud, here is a video that tears apart his “Ethnic Cleansing” book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WliXyfYnRXU

    Another scary Jewish ex-Israeli with a massive following is Miko Peled (“The General’s Son”). He doesn’t even have the creds of being an “academic”, but slamming Israel makes him ä rare “brave honest Jew.” The sad part is that some naive pro-Israelis may be prone to believe him. But alas, Peled another complete liar, as shown here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrC4lHD7Y6g

    We REALLY need to start pushing back more with these scary liars dominating the Internet. Pappe has hundreds (thousands?) of YouTube videos, but virtually none rebutting him.

  • andrew

    EMAIL ADRESSES FOR COMPLAINING TO THE PUBLISHER:

    Daisy Barton, Media Relations Manager: pressoffice@lancet.com

    Paul Abrahams, Head of Corporate Communications: press.office@reedelsevier.com

    Chris Capot, Director Corporate Relations, Health Sciences: c.capot@elsevier.com

  • tickletik

    It doesn’t work like that. Study how abused children develop emotionally, or battered spouses, male or female. It’s not just physical, there is a psychological quality to the violence and verbal interactions that conditions the victim to work within the dysfunctional system

    Anyway, Romney lost because he played it too soft. The system is horrifically damaged.

    Anything we do to help further good helps ourselves as well.