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Student Asks Professor for Letter to Study Abroad in Israel. The Professor’s Response is Coming Under Fire.

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A professor for the University of Michigan is finding himself embroiled in quite the controversy after allowing his anti-Semitism to show by now writing a recommendation letter for a student who wanted to study abroad in Israel.

The professor originally agreed to pen the letter, then later changed his mind on the matter. Now, John Cheney-Lippold, is being publicly denounced for his actions by students, faculty, activists, and even lawmakers.

Looks like this man made a really, really bad decision.

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Cheney-Lippold told the Michigan Daily that his boycott was a personal stance. “I support the boycott because I support solidarity,” he said. “I follow the idea that people who are being discriminated against or people who need help…. I feel compelled to help them. I was following a call by representatives of Palestinian civil society to boycott Israel in a very similar tactical frame as South Africa. The idea is that I support communities who organize themselves and ask for international support to achieve equal rights, freedom and to prevent violations of international law.”

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In response to being accused of anti-Semitism, Cheney-Lippold said, “the perennial claim of anti-Semitism I fully deny.” He added: “I have no bad will against the student, and I would have very gladly written a letter for any other graduate program or study abroad.”

He continued: “As a professor, I’m not just a machine writing things for people. I have opinions and even though a letter of recommendation is about the student, a lot of thought goes into them. It’s not a blank check where I’m signing for them to go to any place they want, it is a dialogue. It’s what the University is about, talking through differences and really figuring out where each other stands, not expecting something or assuming something, but really trying to get into what is the key difference.”

In a statement on their website, Michigan said “the university has consistently opposed any boycott of Israeli institutions of higher education,” adding, “injecting personal politics into a decision regarding support for our students is counter to our values and expectations as an institution.”

“No academic department or any other unit at the University of Michigan has taken a stance that departs from this long-held university position.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, took to Twitter to deliver his critique of the professor and his boycott, calling his actions unacceptable.

“A student striving to learn and further their education should never be a victim of personal bias,” he wrote. “The University needs to publicly clarify it opposes the academic boycott of Israel.”

The radical left in this country, which has found a home on the campuses of our universities and colleges, has a real chip on its shoulder when it comes to the nation of Israel.

While much of this probably has something to do with the roots of progressivism being similar to those grounded in racist ideologies like Nazism, a good chunk of the anti-Israel sentiment in America is due to a clouded view of Israel as a colonialist nation who is evicting the Palestinians from land that they think rightfully belongs to them.

This isn’t the truth, at all, but facts have never gotten in the way of liberal thinking in the past, so why start now?

The land was rightfully Israel’s, and that’s why they returned to it. Maybe one day the left will get a clue.

Source: Daily Wire

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US Women’s Soccer Team Skips Representing U.S.A. at Opening Ceremony

The ultra-woke U.S. women’s soccer team — big losers thus far — decided to skip representing the U.S.A. during the Olympics opening ceremonies.

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The ultra-woke U.S. women’s soccer team — big losers thus far — decided to skip representing the U.S.A. during the opening ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics Friday. The famously anti-American soccer team claimed that they could not attend because they were scheduled to attend practice during the opening event, according to WXIA-TV. “Obviously we can’t be there, I don’t know who scheduled us to practice at this time,” chief anti-American team star Megan Rapinoe told the media. The women’s soccer team was all about protesting against the U.S.A. during its first Olympics game this week but lost to New Zealand in a crushing 3-0 final. Rapinoe added that this year’s gams are different than past games. “It looks quite different and feels quite different than in the past, but all of us are thrilled to be here,” she said. Team members Abby Dahlkemper and Rapinoe enacted a lame “private parade” and posted it to Twitter: https://twitter.com/USWNT/status/1418557013739536390 The America-hating women’s soccer team was not the only American team that skipped the opening ceremonies. Both the women’s and the men’s U.S. gymnastics teams also skipped the ceremonies. They similarly held their own version of the parade” https://twitter.com/InsideGym/status/1418539840564572160 Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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Kid Suicides, Mental Health Hospitalizations Surge Worse than Coronavirus During Lockdowns

Kids have had it particularly bad during the coronavirus lockdowns, but not because of the virus, because of the lockdowns.

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New research has found that kids have had it particularly bad during the coronavirus lockdowns, but not because of the virus, because of the lockdowns themselves. Kids ended up dying of suicides and being hospitalized for mental health illnesses at a high rate, according to a new study. Once again, we see that this “cure” was far worse than virus ever was, especially for young people. Per Just the News: Jeanne Noble, director of COVID response in the UCSF emergency department, is finishing an academic manuscript on the mental health toll on kids from lockdown policies. She shared a presentation on its major points with Just the News. Suicides in the Golden State last year jumped by 24% for Californians under 18 but fell by 11% for adults, showing how children were uniquely affected by “profound social isolation and loss of essential social supports traditionally provided by in-person school,” the presentation says. Children requiring emergency mental health services jumped last year in Children’s Hospital of Oakland, and children’s hospitalizations for eating disorders more than doubled at UCSF Children’s Hospital. In January, the latter’s emergency department (ED) at Mission Bay hit a record for “highest proportion of suicidal children in ER” at 21%. The study authors charged that the CDC is bringing serious harm to children with its coronavirus policies. Just the News added that kids are facing more than the virus. They are also facing an “atrophy” of the interpersonal skills because of masks and lost school time, and they are suffering great bouts of depression. It is even harder on teens, especially those close to graduation, because they face a stymied start to college, or their careers. This also brings severe depression. Follow Warner Todd Huston on Facebook at: facebook.com/Warner.Todd.Huston.

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