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Ethnic Cleansing at Oxford
06/28/2003

Get this — from a pathology professor, no less:

Mr Duvshani, who is in the last months of a master's degree in molecular biology, included a CV detailing his academic and outside experience, including his mandatory three-year national service in the Israeli army.

In a reply sent by email on June 23, Prof Wilkie wrote: "Thank you for contacting me, but I don't think this would work. I have a huge problem with the way that the Israelis take the moral high ground from their appalling treatment in the Holocaust, and then inflict gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians because they [the Palestinians] wish to live in their own country.

"I am sure that you are perfectly nice at a personal level, but no way would I take on somebody who had served in the Israeli army. As you may be aware, I am not the only UK scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another lab if you look around."

Wilkie — the impotent, foot-stamping mental gnome — admits that it was "a mistake." Well, yeah! He ought to lose his job over this, but I'll be surprised if he does. The dwindling set of reasons to have respect for academics as a group just decreased by one.

Posted by Justin Katz @ 11:26 PM EST