„At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
I solemnly pledge to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude that is their due;
I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
The health of my patients will be my first consideration;
I will respect the secrets that are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honour and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, social standing or any other factor to intervene between my duty and my patient;
I will maintain the utmost respect for human life;
I will not use my medical knowledge to violate human rights and civil liberties, even under threat;
I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour.
The text, edited 1948 by the „World Medical Association“ and revised 2006 last time, replaces the time-honored Hippocratic oath. While the original oath is not up to date, the core of it, „primum non nocere“ is still valid. My interpretation is: To avoid any damage related to the therapy.
If Hippocrates of Kos, about 460 until 370 BCE is the prime father of this oath is unproven.
The World Medical Association characterizes itself on their webpage as follows:
The World Medical Association (WMA) is an international organization representing physicians. It was founded on 17 September 1947, when physicians from 27 different countries met at the First General Assembly of the WMA in Paris. The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians, at all times. This was particularly important to physicians after the Second World War, and therefore the WMA has always been an independent confederation of free professional associations. Funding has been by the annual contributions of its members, which has now grown to 111 National Medical Associations.
The WMA provides a forum for its member associations to communicate freely, to co-operate actively, to achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence, and to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide.This unique partnership facilitates high-caliber, humane care to patients in a healthy environment, enhancing the quality of life for all people in the world.
The Declarations, Resolutions and Statements cover a wide range of subjects, including an International Code of Medical Ethics, the rights of patients, research on human subjects, care of the sick and wounded in times of armed conflict, torture of prisoners, the use and abuse of drugs, family planning and pollution.
A high level of ambitions of a respectable occupation group!
Now the WMA, not for the first time, is confronted with a petition, which if successful, will have far reaching consequences for Israel. In the course of the excruciating BDS subversive activities, for example with the absurd labeling of products from Yehuda and Shomron, demanded by the EU, this time the academic sector of Israel is once again the target of BDS activists.
71 British physicians are demanding in a letter, to expulse Israel from the WMA. As justification in their proposal they claim, that Israeli physicians are exposing Palestinian Arab patients (!) to „medical torture“.
This allegation is not only an infamous lie, but is defaming an entire occupation group in Israel. Information about medical treatment of Palestinian Arabs from Gaza, Yehuda and Shomron are rarely published in western media. In fact, many palestinian patients are treated all over Israel in Israeli hospitals. The same happens for patients „delivered“ at the Syrian-Israeli border, because there are no medical treatment facilities and no chances for a treatment in their homeland. Acute cases, regardless if civilians or soldiers or chronic diseases. They spend days or months in Israel. Children live with their parents or grandparents in the hospital or nearby. Sometimes somebody picks up the bill or the treatment is not charged. Actually family members of PAPresident Dr. Abbas and of the chief of the terror organization Hamas, Hanyjeh, have been treated in Israel. Apparently the hospitals in enemy country Israel are more attractive then in their home countries Gaza or Ramallah or in the cities of the brother countries Cairo and Amman.
The infamous proposal is therefore also an incredible impertinence, defaming the work of Israeli physicians, who are strictly adhering to the simple rules of humanity.
Press TV, a branch of the Iranian regime, ordered a well informed and suitable journalist, Mohamed Walji, to report. He understands that there is a relation to the poll in April 2016, if the American Anthropological Association, will vote for a boycott to cooperate with Israeli universities or not. Well, to my mind, a co-operation with this „orchid group“ in the academic world may be dispensable. No benefit but political damage.
An expulsion from the WMA will be painful.
The Knesset panel also heard from Dr. Zeev Feldman, chairman of the Israeli Medical Association World Fellowship and president of the Israeli Neurosurgical Society, who revealed that the latest boycott call comes from a group of 71 British doctors.
“We are in a struggle, everyone must understand that there is an organized struggle – a fight against academia, doctors, and other Israeli bodies,” he said.
“Our stance is that these accusations are lies, and we are engaged in a dialogue with the World Medical Association and we will bring forth the facts, and I hope that it will be enough to [persuade the association to] reject this request,” he said.
Asked what the result of such a boycott might be, Feldman said it would have a “domino effect and radiate to all other scientific associations.
“A boycott of the Israeli Medical Association would prevent Israelis from participating in medical conferences [and] publishing papers in journals, would halt funding of research and joint research endeavors, and prevent membership in other medical associations,” he explained.
While Feldman said the Israeli Medical Association has been successful in countering past calls for boycotts, he fears a time may come when those opposing Israel will succeed.
“If there will be many hammer hits, eventually the wall will give in,” he said.
We will do our utmost, that this will not happen. Israel must not be ashamed. Israel offered, helped and carried out excellent help in the whole medical sector, for every one.
If we are boycotted, the world will loose the great chance to use our unique, innovative and successful medical research.
© esther scheiner, israel