Saturday, June 28, 2003

Jewish Doctor's Plot thickens.
There are lots of links to this today. An atrocious letter from an Oxford University professor to an Israeli Ph.D. applicant. Rather than duplicate this here, I am linking to Roger Simon's thread on this.
On second thought, it would be nice to have a copy here as well. In response to Avit Duvshani's, an Israeli, request for admittance into the Pathology program, Prof.Andrew Wilkie responded:
From: "Andrew Wilkie" awilkie@worf.molbiol.ox.ac.uk
To: "Amit Duvshani"
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 9:58 AM
Subject: Re: PhD application

Dear Amit Duvshani,

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 suitable lab if you look around.

Yours sincerely,
Andrew Wilkie

Nuffield Professor of Pathology,
Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine,
The John Radcliffe,
Headington,
Oxford OX3 9DS,
UK.

Tel (44)-1865-222619
Fax (44)-1865-222500

via Little Green Footballs

You can read the comments and discussion at these two links for more of the story. Professor has offered a non-apology and Oxford somehow thinks that ihs letter fits into their "non-discrimination" policy. I cannot figure out how denying anyone from Israel admission can be considered non-discriminatory, but I am no Oxford Professor.
Relevant links recapped: Oxford Apology on LGF, original letter on HorseFeathers, Roger Simon's thread , and Ron Rosenbaum's essay on european anti-semitism (I linked to it before, but it is worth putting it in again)

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