WASHINGTON (Dispatches) – Under pressure from the pro-Zionist lobby, Scientific American magazine has removed an op-ed disclosing the Zionist regime’s crimes against Palestinians and calling for solidarity with Palestinians.
On 2 June, the U.S. magazine published a piece written by a group of physicians and medical students reporting details of the recent offensive by the Zionist regime on Gaza and pledging support for Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
The BDS movement seeks to raise global awareness about the Zionist regime’s racist policies against Palestinians.
“Those of us who work in health care understand well that health care does not exist in a vacuum,” the physicians and students wrote.
“We increasingly understand how structural forces, systematized and institutionalized oppression, racism, violence, disinvestment, and displacement, as well as policies meant to deny people their basic human rights, lead to adverse health outcomes and mortality,” they added.
The article continues: “We cannot continue to sit idly by and witness the violent erasure of an entire people by what is, as documented by international human rights organizations, an apartheid regime, exacting untold physical and psychological damage to the Palestinian people.”
This op-ed immediately pushed Stanley Robboy and others from Voice4Israel to write a letter to the magazine, accusing the publication of “one-sided political propaganda”.
The magazine agreed to remove the article and claimed that the publication was revising its internal review process to prevent “a repetition of this error by the magazine”.
Pro-Zionist groups in the United States have been aggressively targeting the people and publications who have exposed the occupying regime’s crimes in the wake of the recent aggression in Gaza.
Last week, under pressure from such groups, a U.S. hospital fired a doctor following a Facebook post in which she condemned the regime’s crimes, and said that Zionists have a “thirst to kill our Palestinian children”.
She posted on Facebook on June 21 where she said Palestinians would “expose the #massacre and #genocide you #zionists are proud of.”
“A state based on atrocity, inhumanity, racism and cannibalism never lasts long,” Dr. Fidaa Wishah continued.
“Hey #israel ... your end is coming sooner than you think,” she said.
The Zionist regime launched the aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip on May 10, following Palestinian retaliation against violent raids on worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque and the regime’s plans to force a number of Palestinian families out of their homes at the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East al-Quds.