Scientific American retracts anti-Israel article after criticism

They’re in scorching H2O.

Scientific American discovered itself taking warmth this month after the scholarly, 176-year-old journal revealed an opinion piece titled “Health Care Workers Call for Support of Palestinians.”

The screechy diatribe accused Israel of “vaccine apartheid” and “war crimes” amongst different alleged abuses. The piece blasted “Israeli settler colonial rule” and referred to as on US healthcare and educational establishments to sentence “long-standing oppression” in opposition to the Palestinians and undertake the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions marketing campaign in opposition to the nation.

The piece was written by Harvard University analysis fellows Osaid H. K. Alser and Asmaa Rimawi; Seattle Children’s Hospital Dr. Sabreen Akhter; Mayo Clinic Dr. Nusheen Ameenuddin, Harvard med college students Anand Chukka and Qaali Hussein; Arizona trauma surgeon Ariän El-Taher; and Bryan Leyva, an “AfroLatinx Scholar-Activist from the “Dakota Territory.”

The opinionated screed was swiftly retracted after the journal obtained a letter from three Nobel Prize winners and 100 different scientists calling out the article.

“In publishing the cited article, Scientific American’s editors jettisoned appropriate editorial standards and ignored easily verified facts that counter the authors’ one-sided invective,” the letter learn.

Scientific American opinion piece
The opinion piece accused Israel of “vaccine apartheid” and “war crimes.”
Scientific American

“While purporting to be a scientific statement about public health, the paper addressed important historical and political issues superficially, inaccurately, and prejudicially. In reality, the piece is a call for activism that, in our view, is unsupported by the facts.”

The missive was signed by a lot of influential New Yorkers, together with Edward C. Halperin, chancellor of New York Medical College.

“I have been on editorial boards for so many years. You can have differences of opinions, and you can even challenge facts, but it’s quite another thing to completely falsify a fact. So that is what I objected to in the article,” stated Stanley J. Robboy of the Duke Cancer Institute, who co-wrote and despatched the letter.

Among the most important sticking factors have been the article’s failure to notice that the 1993 Oslo Accords duties the Palestinian Authority to supply healthcare companies to its folks. The identical settlement additionally prohibits Israel from offering care until requested by the Palestinian Authority. The authors additionally famous that “the writers of the opinion piece ascribe no agency to Hamas and attribute no responsibility to them for any actions taken.” A sentence describing Palestinian casualties failed to notice what number of of them have been the truth is Hamas fighters.

President Bill Clinton hosts the signing of the Oslo Peace accords on Sept. 13, 1993. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization chairman, Yasser Arafat, shake hands in a public ceremony at the White House.
President Bill Clinton hosts the signing of the Oslo Peace accords on Sept. 13, 1993. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization chairman, Yasser Arafat, shake fingers in a public ceremony on the White House.
Mark Reinstein/Alamy

The venerable journal is owned by English-German publishing home Springer Nature — which didn’t reply to requests for remark.

It’s unclear how the article ended up being revealed. In an electronic mail to Robboy and Halperin, Scientific American editor Laura Helmuth stated the journal can be “revising [their] internal review processes” however declined to supply specifics.

Just two days after the now-retracted article was revealed, the journal additionally revealed a similar opinion piece decrying the “mental health crisis” in Gaza. The article took intention at “recent bombings by Israel” however didn’t point out Hamas, the terrorist group that guidelines the territory and has precipitated the newest violence.

Sunya Bhutta, a senior editor on the journal has tweeted the slogan, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free” — extensively taken as name for the destruction of Israel. She can also be a public supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions motion, which has been extensively condemned as antisemitic.

A Palestinian medical personnel works at the Palestinian Red Crescent Hospital in the West Bank city of Hebron on June 18, 2021.
A Palestinian medical personnel works on the Palestinian Red Crescent Hospital within the West Bank metropolis of Hebron on June 18, 2021.
Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA

“Israel is an apartheid state and Zionism is white supremacy. #FreePalestine,” she said in a May tweet. “Israel is the only ally of American white supremacy,” she added elsewhere.

Helmuth advised The Post that Bhutta had not been concerned within the story.

“After publication, it was decided that this opinion and analysis piece fell outside our scope of coverage. Sunya Bhutta was not involved in this opinion and analysis piece. We support her right to express her views on social media,” Helmuth stated.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.