After publishing a harshly-worded letter critical of the Israeli Defense Forces during the 2014 Gaza war, the prestigious British medical journal, the Lancet, shifted gears and dedicated its latest issue to Israel’s healthcare system.
This edition of the Lancet features ten articles which range from showcasing Israeli lifesaving medical devices and detailing groundbreaking genetic research among the country’s diverse population to highlighting Israeli efforts to treat Syrian refugees injured in the civil war.
The special issue comes in direct response to a controversial letter titled “An Open Letter to the People of Gaza,” which criticized Israel for its conduct during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which left 73 Israelis and 2,200 Palestinians dead.
“We are doctors and scientists…we all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel,” the 2014 letter signatories wrote.
Lancet editor, Professor Richard Horton, who was visiting Tel Aviv on Monday, had previously apologized for the letter and promised to make amends by publishing an edition that would highlight Israel’s contributions to the medical profession. Horton had previously visited the Palestinian territories on other medical missions. Read more at i24News.