University of Michigan Bans Professors from Punishing Pro-Israel Students


The latest attack in Israel from hate-filled leftist professors in our university system is to punish students who are pro-Israel by refusing to support students who are pro-Israel. But now, the University has jumped into action to prevent professors from punishing students just because the students support Israel in some way or another.

In September a University of Michigan Professor named John Cheney-Lippold refused to write a letter of recommendation for a student that was looking to study in Israel. The professor said straight out that he would not help the student solely because the student wanted to study in Israel.

As Breitbart News reported in September:

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Cheney-Lippold notified the student in an email in which he cited his department’s decision to collectively participate in various BDS protest efforts. “I am very sorry, but I only scanned your first email a couple weeks ago and missed out on a key detail,” he wrote. “As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Palestine. This boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there.”

The hateful prof’s decision came on the heels of the UofM student government’s passage of an anti-Israel resolution demanding that the school pull out of investments and cooperation with Israel.

Cheney-Lippold was not the only prof who acted against a student who supported Israel. A second teacher followed Cheney-Lippold’s example and denied another student his recommendation fo the same reason.

But now the school is taking action to prevent this racist, Jew-hating profs from punishing students just because the students show some support of have some connection to Israel.

University of Michigan President Mark S. Schlissel said in a Tuesday statement that it is unacceptable to withhold recommendation letters based on a student’s personal beliefs.

Two U-M students were recently denied promised letters of recommendation for academic programs based on the personal views of two individuals with instructional responsibilities. The students were applying to study in Israel.

Withholding letters of recommendation based on personal views does not meet our university’s expectations for supporting the academic aspirations of our students. Conduct that violates this expectation and harms students will not be tolerated and will be addressed with serious consequences. Such actions interfere with our students’ opportunities, violate their academic freedom and betray our university’s educational mission.

As Breitbart News concludes:

The statement ends with a commitment from Schlissel that professors will support students regardless of their personal beliefs. “We will work to make absolutely clear that faculty members’ personal political beliefs cannot interfere with their obligations to our students with regard to letter-writing and all other modes of academic support,” he writes in the statement.

Schlissel also announced the creation of a faculty panel that will examine the relationship between the faculty’s political beliefs and their commitment to students.

Still, it should never have gotten to this point in the first place.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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