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Paris, 4 January 2010

In a letter to Dr Paul Philip, Acting Chief Executive of The British General Medical Council (GMC), the Simon Wiesenthal Centre's Director for International Relations, Dr Shimon Samuels, expressed concern "to learn of a hate campaign reportedly directed, inter alia, by several of your members, against the noted cancer surgeon Professor Michael Baum (Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Visiting Professor of Medical Humanities at University College London)."

On 20 July 2007, Prof. Baum accepted an invitation to participate in a debate on an initiative by UK physicians to boycott Israel. This was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Subsequently, this led to an email assault, including letters sent to subscribers of the BMJ website and to Prof. Baum. On of the most abusive stated: "What kind of doctor is it who, after the Jewish experiences of people like Dr Mengele, approves and covers for Israeli doctors supervising torture sessions? You should be ashamed of yourself Dr. Baum and the GMC should be stripping you off your license to practice..."