September 23, 2019

Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet, pressure publisher Elsevier

Angered by a controversial, anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will listen.

An online petition started by Toronto endocrinologist Daniel Drucker on Oct. 10 had garnered more than 1,500 signatures as of the afternoon of Oct. 15, with prominent doctors throughout the United States, Canada, Israel and Great Britain expressing their dismay. Included on the list, posted on