Skip to comments.Professor draws ire after declining to help student study in Israel
Posted on 09/21/2018 9:38:23 AM PDT by SJackson
A University of Michigan professor refused to help a student study abroad in Israel because of an academic boycott against the country and claims hes getting death threats for his decision.
John Cheney-Lippold, an associate professor in the American culture department, told student Abigail Ingber he couldnt write her a letter of recommendation to study in Israel, citing an academic boycott of the country.
As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of the Palestinians living in Palestine, Cheney-Lippold wrote in an email, a screenshot of which was posted to Facebook Sunday by Club Z, a networking organization for pro-Israel students.
This boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there, he said.
The professor is referring to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, an effort meant to isolate Israel until it meets demands by Palestinians, which has gained ground across many university campuses. Israel supporters believe large swaths of the BDS movement are motivated by anti-Semitism.
In the email, Cheney-Lippold writes he previously agreed to pen the letter but for reasons of these politics, I must rescind my offer to write your letter. He said hed be happy to write other letters for Ingber, who is a junior.
In a statement to CBS News, Cheney-Lippold clarified he is one of many professors at the university individually taking part in the boycott which isnt sanctioned by the school.
I want to emphasize that only individual professors are part of the boycott, not any department at the University of Michigan, he said.
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Guess the university admin has no problem with bds?
A male with a hyphenated last name? Man bun wearing snowflake beta male, no doubt.
Department of American Culture?
You have a stupid major and you're piling on more debt studying abroad.
Go look at his picture in the article. Would you want to “learn” anything from a feckless turd like that. He’d fit right in at a needle exchange party in San Francisco!
Yes, the professor is a low bigoted skunk for refusing to assist this student, but he shouldn’t be getting death threats.
That blows off steam, but doesn’t accomplish much that is positive. The publicity from this incident might make him reconsider his stance. Now we all know that he supports groups like Hamas.
Death threats? Cool.....
Cold as that sounds, don’t care, these idiots declared War on us and if they start facing consequences in the form of “threats”, oh well, they asked for it.....
Abby Ingber asked John Cheney-Lippold, a professor of American culture, for a letter of recommendation to help her study abroad in Israel.
Didn't ping this article.
“A University of Michigan professor refused to help a student study abroad in Israel because of an academic boycott against the country and claims hes getting death threats for his decision. “
GETCHER DEATH THREATS! RED HOT DEATH THREATS! RIGHT HERE! CAN’T BE A COURAGEOUS LIBERAL WITHOUT GETTING A FEW DEATH THREATS! (caveat: Do not file a complaint with the police. They’re all white supremacists [even the black ones] who are probably the author of a few death threats themselves, and most definitely will want corroboration).
You're suggesting that a professor can simply refuse to provide recommendations. I doubt that's true at many universities, it's part of the job. If professors are expected to provide recommendations, then the reason for refusal becomes significant. In this case, the University of Michigan is clearly comfortable with study in Israel being a legitimate reason to withhold a recommendation from an academically qualified student.
“No educator is “obliged” to write a Letter of Recommendation for any student.”
Maybe. I suppose it depends on the school.
The issue here is he was willing to write a LOR for any place, other than Israel.
He’s either a bigot or seriously misinformed about Israel.
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