January 1, 1997

Stab Wounds Associated With Terrorist Activities in Israel

Author Affiliations

UCLA School of Medicine Los Angeles, Calif

JAMA. 1997;277(1):21-22. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540250029022

To the Editor.  —As an academic physician and a Muslim, I am offended that while you publish an article analyzing stab wounds, your staff seems completely oblivious to the "stab" that this article takes at the religion of Islam. That the Palestinians have been involved in a protracted and often violent struggle with Israel is abundantly clear. This political problem has been punctuated by acts of terrorism on both sides.The point of this article seems to be that stab wounds committed in such a setting are more lethal than stab wounds inflicted in a "by-the-way" fashion, as perpetrated by common thieves and small-time criminals. That such a point needs scientific validation is as dubious as would be an article detailing the lethality of firearms in the hands of Israelis shooting innocent civilians, such as happened in the recent Hebron mosque massacre, where 93 Arab men, women, and children, prostrate in prayer, were