Yehuda Shoenfeld, the autoimmunity quack expert who loves associating with and taking money from the most notorious antivax characters, has been elected as member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The announcement was made on 16 June 2019, an official ceremony will take place in December during Chanukah, 2019. The reasons for this early Christmas present to antivaxxers around the world are unclear, but there is apparently big money and heavy networks involved.
Shoenfeld is portrayed as the godfather of autoimmunity research in Israel and beyond, because to him all diseases are caused by autoimmune reactions. Including autism, which according to Shoenfeld and his antivax friends is caused by inflammatory aluminium adjuvants in vaccines. For example, Professor Shoenfeld explained how aluminium in vaccines poisons people in a BMC Medicine video interview in 2013. The occasion was a paper in that journal which Shoenfeld coauthored and which contains fabricated data.
Smut Clyde, who as established expert in antivax quackery (see his earlier posts on the topic here and here), refused to read or watch the Shoenfeld interview in BMC Medicine because it would make his teeth hurt. Below, Smut Clyde will expose plagiarism in Shoenfeld’s autoimmunity papers and guide you through the freak show of antivax crackpots and child abusers, all connected to Shoenfeld. But before that, there will be a letter of protest sent to Israel Academy by an Israeli immunologist, so far ignored by its recipients.
Professor Shoenfeld used to be affiliated with Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, where the 71-year-old is now emeritus. The Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases at Sheba which Shoenfeld runs (or used to run) is funded by the Finnish-British billionaire Poju Zabludowicz, who also likes to donate to right-wing politicians, especially to Benjamin Netanjahu. Another source of cash for Shoenfeld’s academic activities is the notorious antivax entity, the so-called “Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute”, CMSRI.
Also because of the money flows, the Sheba hospital affiliation is said to be the source of Shoenfeld’s sway in Israeli politics and academia. For example, Dean of Sackler Ehud Grossman has a clinical affiliation with the Sheba Centre. Sources revealed it was influential Sheba clinicians who put forward Shoenfeld’s name for Academy membership, very likely Gidi Rechavi and Uri Seligsohn, plus a third bigwig from Tel Aviv University. Incidentally, just before Shoenfeld was put forward as Academy member, Sheba Medical Center advertised for his antivax rants, but had the press release and even its externally archived version purged in May 2019 (luckily, Shoenfeld’s paranoid antivax fans were quick to save screenshots and another copy in March 2019):