University praised for defending students' personal beliefs

Thursday, May 23, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

I Stand With IsraelThe University of Michigan is being praised for taking a stand against anti-Semitism and defending students’ rights to their own beliefs.  

Last fall, U of M professor John Cheney-Lippold refused to provide a letter of recommendation for a student to study in Israel because of the professor's support for Palestinians, and his refusal prompted the university to take quick action that was applauded by Jewish students. 

Susan Tuchman of the Zionist Organization of America says a blue ribbon panel was created. It stated university faculty should not reward students whose opinions reflect their own nor punish students with opposing views.

Many college students can attest to being subjected to the lectures of professors and fearing punishment is they voice an opposing view. 

Palestinian woman vs. Israeli police"This was something that needed to be addressed,” Tuchman says of the panel’s decisions. “They didn't want to look at this as a singular incident, that this was deserving of really thoughtful and careful consideration by the entire university."

The decision should go far beyond the University of Michigan, she suggests, because it creates a model for other campuses to follow.

“Because the problem exists on many other campuses,” she says, “particularly the problem with respect to students who want to study in Israel."

Although he is still teaching, Cheney-Lippold suffered significant repercussions last fall as a result of his actions: he was denied a raise during the 2018-19 academic year and was barred from a planned sabbatical until 2020, Jewish newspaper The Algemeiner reported.

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