Michigan Professor Refuses Recommendation for Study Abroad in Israel
This week, a University of Michigan professor refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student because she will be studying abroad in Israel.
As released in Camera on Campus, the professor had originally agreed to write the recommendation for the student known as Abigail but when he found out the student would be studying in Israel he backtracked. The professor cited the fact that many departments at the University of Michigan had have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in solidarity with the BDS movement.
It is truly disgraceful that a professor, whose salary is paid from student tuition refuses to write a recommendation on political grounds. The U.S. Department of Education must take note of this case particularly considering their recent adoption of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.
A @UMich student planning on studying abroad in Israel received this email after requesting a letter of recommendation. Students striving to learn and explore should never be victim to antisemitic boycotts. pic.twitter.com/KM3nFHqiva— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) September 17, 2018