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Michigan professor refuses to endorse student Israel trip

ANN ARBOR, Michigan. – University of Michigan officials have criticized the teacher decides not to recommend a student for study in Israel.

The school said in a statement Tuesday against a boycott of Israeli institutions of higher education. It adds “the injection of personal politics” in decisions related to the support of students “is contrary to our values.”

Professor John Cheney-Lippold in the first instance, said that he could not write a recommendation letter for the junior Abigail Ingber, because of an academic boycott against Israel. He later told The Michigan Daily, the boycott attitude is “personal” and says that he is not anti-Semitic.

The Associated Press sent an e-mail seeking comment from Ingber.

Some have called for a boycott over israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Advocates say the boycott is a nonviolent way to promote the Palestinian cause. Israel says it is aiming to delegitimize the Jewish state.

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Information from: The Michigan Daily, http://www.michigandaily.com

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