Professor Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, Europe’s most prestigious medical journal, provoked an academic storm recently when he published an open letter to the people of Gaza that publicly condemned Israeli medical practices.
But on Tuesday he was visiting the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa to experience first-hand the high level of professionalism and humaneness of Israeli medical care.
Professor Horton was set to meet with senior researchers and physicians at Rambam and the Technion’s Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, and attend seminars.
During Operation Protective Edge, Horton sparked a media storm following publication in The Lancet of an open letter to Gaza signed by several dozen physicians from the West, accusing Israel of “cruel” and “vicious war crimes.”
Physicians, researchers, and Israeli officials responded strongly to refute The Lancet allegations.
Rambam officials have stated that the purpose of Horton’s visit is to provide a venue for academic discussions and meetings in Israel’s medical institutions that have strong medical cooperation agreements with the Palestinian Authority to treat people from Yehudah and Shomron, and Gaza.
Some of the lectures and discussions will also examine the limits and appropriateness of freedom of political opinion in scientific journals, and openly consider and discuss the unilateralism of which The Lancet has been accused.