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A published scientific paper on the genetic origins of Palestinians has been withdrawn from the electronic version of the journal in which it appears following complaints that it contains inappropriate political comment about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The paper examines genetic variability in Palestinians and finds a close genetic relationship between Jews and Palestinians. But controversially, it also includes a historical introduction called Jews living in the Gaza strip “colonists” and describing some Palestinians as living in concentration camps.

In a highly unusual move, the journal Human Immunology — which published the paper in September — has removed all electronic versions of the article and has sent a letter to individual subscribers and librarians advising them to ignore the paper.

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Reference: Nature 414, 382 (2001)