Two weeks ago, the British medical journal, Lancet, considered to be one of the world's leading medical publications, published "An open letter for the people in Gaza." Signed by four European doctors on behalf of 20 others (17 from Italy and three from the United Kingdom), the letter had virtually nothing to do with medicine. Rather, it was a grotesque attack on Israel.
"We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression."
"Israel's behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre ... "
"Among other lies, it is stated that civilians in Gaza are hostages of Hamas ... "
"These attacks aim to terrorise, wound the soul and the body of the people, and make their life impossible in the future ... "
"We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues."
The four signatories were Prof. Paola Manduca, University of Genoa, Italy; Sir Iain Chalmers of the U.K.; Derek Summerfield of the London Institute of Psychiatry, and Mads Frederick Gilbert, Professor at University Hospital of North Norway.
Nowhere in Lancet is it noted that each of them has devoted much of his or her life to delegitimizing Israel.
The first signatory, Paola Manduca, has, for years, gone around the world giving "expert" testimony against Israel and on behalf of those who would destroy the Jewish state. In 2006, for example, she wrote that Israel was using and experimenting with heretofore unknown weapons against Arabs:
"In the present offensive of Israeli forces against Lebanon and Gaza 'new weapons' are being used. New and strange symptoms are reported amongst the wounded and the dead. ... Many of these descriptions suggest the possibility that the new weapons used include 'direct energy' weapons, and chemical and/or biological agents, in a sort of macabre experiment of future warfare, where there is no respect for anything."
And in 2013, Manduca testified in Malaysia at a tribunal charging Israel with "Genocide and War Crimes."
Sir Iain Chalmers served for two years as chief UN Medical Officer in Gaza. On July 24, the British-Palestinian website, Middle East Monitor, correctly wrote that Iain Chalmers "is an old friend of Gaza."
Chalmers smears Israel around the world: