Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Racism At Oxford Causes Outrage

How would you like to apply for a university position and get this response?

"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 U.K. scientist with these views but I'm sure you will find another suitable lab if you look around."

That's right ... he didn't like that Israel has conscription and because he favors Palestinians he wasn't going to consider someone from Israel.

Oxford says, "Under no circumstances are we prepared to accept or condone conduct that appears to, or does, discriminate against anyone on grounds of ethnicity or nationality, whether directly or indirectly." Well, clearly if the university weren't fostering this sort of intolerance it wouldn't be happening. The professor, Andrew Wilkie, was clearly so confident his views were acceptable by Oxford he put them in an email to the candidate. Oxford had no intention of pursuing this until the email made its way to scientists all around the world, who were suitably outraged. This gave Oxford little choice.

The student, Amit Duvshani, responded, ""I really don't know if someone with such racist views can change, but I do hope you will reconsider and not judge all 6 million of us Israelis the same way."

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