BDS-supporting professor refuses to help Israeli schoolgirl

December 3, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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Australia’s B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission (ADC) has denounced UK Professor Marsha Levine for refusing to help Shachar Rabinovitch,  a 13 year-old Israeli schoolgirl who requested information about early horse species for a research project.

Dvir Abramovich

Dvir Abramovich

Citing her support for  the BDS,  the retired Cambridge academic castigated the young girl  in an email: “I’ll answer your questions when there is peace and justice for Palestinians in Palestine! You might be a child, but if you are old enough to write to me, you are old enough to learn about Israeli history and how it has impacted on the lives of Palestinian people.”

In an interview with the Telegraph, Levine said, “Kids have questions, I usually answer their questions. But I have agreed to BDS [the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel], and I do want to see justice for Palestine. In Israel the majority of Israelis support the policies of the government which abuses the rights of Palestinians, so the fact is I don’t want to help Israelis, and if you don’t start with children where do you start? And she is not that young anyway, her English is pretty good. If people don’t stand up for justice, the world is going to come to an end.”

In another interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Levine stated, “I didn’t ask her to email me. I don’t know how she got my email address. I can do whatever I want. I didn’t invite her to email me. If she wanted to read anything I had written she could find it on the internet. I made the decision that I have the choice not to waste my time on people who tread on the rights of other people. I didn’t do anything to her. I said that when there is justice for Palestine I will answer her – that’s a fair answer. I’m a signatory to Jews for Justice for Palestinians and I sent her a link. I did it as a matter of conscience. The way Israel treats Palestinians is totally disgusting. Benjamin Netanyahu wants ethnic cleansing. The Jews have become the Nazis. Jews are behaving just like the people who treated them. It’s not all Israelis or all Jews.”  Levine added that due to their treatment of Palestinians in Gaza, Jews had “turned themselves into monsters.”

Dr. Dvir Abramovich, Chairman of the ADC said: “As we know, the viciousness of the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions movement knows no bounds, and it will target and shun any Israeli, regardless of age. The BDS is  a mean-spirited, vindictive and immoral campaign that views all Israelis as wicked, even an  inquisitive 13 year old schoolgirl, and its purveyors will resort to any tactic in the playbook of demonisation and double-standards to vilify Israel. Marsha Levine’s hateful response is part of a troubling pattern of politically driven, antisemitic boycotts which seek to isolate the Jewish state and bully its citizens. We hope that fair-minded and principled scholars around the world will vigorously reject  and condemn Marsha Levin’s reprehensible and sickening conduct.”


3 Responses to “BDS-supporting professor refuses to help Israeli schoolgirl”
  1. Suzanne aladjem says:

    I have already gave my feeling on a post on FB. I will repeat my message again to this pathetic woman, someone who is supposedly educated, has displayed nothing but vile anti Semitism a Jew hater, used her twisted political agenda by humiliating a young innocent student, all I can say to her bury your head in shame, you have done nothing to admire your academic achievements,

  2. Jeffry Brown says:

    If she took the time to send the link she could have answered the question the girl asked. Her actions have proven her moral and intellectual inadequacy, she is perpetrating a blood libel against a young girl. In the mistaken belief that peace is only achieved by the total capitulation of one side in this unfortunate conflict, she has decided that Jewish people are guilty of everything that the Palestinian’s claim and are monsters. The left; Communist Socialism, National Socialism and Chardonnay Socialism, all of them anti-Semitic and anti Western Liberal Democracy and all of them supporters, by default, of fascist terrorism.

  3. Sheree Rihari says:

    All doctor Marsha Levine has succeeded in doing is sounding like a vicious old harridan without an ounce of decency venting her spleen on a young girl asking a perfectly legitimate question. Nice one Dr Levine for showing how mature, level-headed adults resolve their issues (not!). I think Shachar showed tremendous courage in approaching a professor and would like to say to her, Shachar I do not know you but would like to reassure you that there are people out there who are capable and willing to answer your questions. Keep asking. You will find someone to help you. Don’t let this dreadful woman put you off learning.

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