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This is the exchange of correspondence between Dr. Daniel Amit and
Dr. Martin Blume of Physical Review E regarding the former's reasons
for boycotting his services from Physical Review, the premier journal
of physics research. Dr Amit has encouraged spreading his position
widely.
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>   Dr. Daniel Amit
>   Univ. di Roma
>   La Sapienza
>   Ple Aldo Moro 2
>   00185 Roma, ITALY
>
>       Electronic URL-Download Referral from Physical Review E
>
>       Code:      EA8932
>       Title:     Transitions in oscillatory dynamics of two connected
>                  neurons with excitatory synapses
>
>       Received 08 January 2003
>
>   Dear Dr. Amit:
>
>   We would appreciate your review of this manuscript, which has
>   been submitted to Physical Review E. This message is the
>   COMPLETE REFERRAL. No hardcopy will be sent unless requested.
>
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>
>  From: "Daniel Amit" <[log in to unmask]>
>  To: "Physical Review E" <[log in to unmask]>
>  Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 6:11 PM
>  Subject: Re: Review_request AMIT EA8932 Roudi
>
>
>  I will not at this point correspond with any american institution.
>
>  Some of us have lived through 1939.
>
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>
>  From: "martin blume" <[log in to unmask]>
>  To: <[log in to unmask]>; <[log in to unmask]>
>  Subject: your email to the American Physical Society
>  Date: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 10:31 PM
>
>  Dear Dr. Amit,
>
>  We have received your email with your decision not to review a paper for
>  us in light of American actions in the middle east. We recognize that
>  reviewing manuscripts is a voluntary activity, one that you perform as a
>  service to the physics community, and we thank you for your efforts.
>  Given the voluntary nature of your participation we of course respect
>  your decision to cease, and have made an indication in our database so
>  that no further papers will be sent to you for review until you inform
>  us otherwise.
>  We ask, however, that you consider the following in hopes that in the
>  not too distant future you will decide to review for us again. We regard
>  science as an international enterprise and we do our best to put aside
>  political disagreements in the interest of furthering the pursuit of
>  scientific matters. We have never used other than scientific criteria in
>  judging the acceptability of a paper for publication, without regard to
>  the country of origin of the author. We have done this even in cases
>  where some of us have disagreed strongly with the policies of that
>  country, and we will continue this practice. We believe it is essential
>  that all parties involved make every effort to separate social and
>  political differences from their participation in scientific research
>  and publication. The pursuit of scientific knowledge needs to transcend
>  such issues.
>
>  Sincerely,
>
>  Martin Blume
>  Editor-in-Chief
>
>
>
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>
>  Dear Dr Blume, Editor in Chief
>  American Physical Society
>
>  09.04.2003
>
>
>  Thank you for you letter of April 8. I would have liked to be able
>to share the honorable sentiments you express in your letter as well
>as your optimism in the future role of science and the scientific
>community. To be frank, and with much sadness and pain, after 40
>years of activity and collaboration, I find very little reason for
>such optimism.>
>
>  What we are watching today, I believe, is a culmination of 10-15
>years of mounting barbarism of the American culture the world over,
>crowned by the achievements of science and technology as a major
>weapon of mass destruction. We are witnessing man hunt and wanton
>killing of the type and scale not seen since the raids on American
>Indian populations, by a superior technological power of inferior
>culture and values. We see no corrective force to restore the
>insanity, the self-righteousness and the lack of respect for human
>life (civilian and military) of another race.
>
>  Science cannot stay neutral, especially after it has been so
>cynically used in the hands of the inspectors to disarm a country
>and prepare it for decimation by laser guided cluster bombs. No,
>science of the American variety has no recourse. I, personally,
>cannot see myself anymore sharing a common human community with
>American science. Unfortunately, I also belong to a culture of a
>similar spiritual deviation (Israel), and which seems to be equally
>incorrigible.
>
>  In desperation I cannot but turn my attention to other tragic
>periods in which major societies, some with claims to fundamental
>contributions to culture and science, have deviated so far as to be
>relegated to ostracism and quarantine. At this point I think
>American society should be considered in this category. I have no
>illusions of power, as to the scope and prospect of my attitude.
>But, the minor role of my act and statement is a simple way of
>affirming that in the face of a growing enormity which I consider
>intolerable, I will exercise my own tiny act of disobedience to be
>able to look straight into the eyes of my grandchildren and my
>students and say that I did know.
>
>  With regard
>
>  Daniel Amit
>
>  PS I intend to distribute our exchange as much as possible. I
>authorize and pray that you do the same.