Citing boycott, Jewish academic refuses to help Israeli child


Shachar Rabinovitch, 13, wrote recently to the British-American researcher Marsha Levine, who is Jewish, that she was doing a school project about horses and requested details about the domestication and breeding of early horse species.

According to a Facebook post by her mother, Shamir, on Monday, Levine replied: “I’ll answer your questions when there is peace and justice for Palestinians in Palestine.”

The academic, who used to work for Cambridge University, noted that she was “a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. I support Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions.”

She added: “You might be a child, but if you are old enough to write to me, you are old enough to learn about Israeli history and how it has impacted on the lives of Palestinian people. Maybe your family has the same views as I do, but I doubt it.”

Levine referred Shachar to the website of Jews for Justice for Palestinians, and in particular a page that lauded the work of Israel’s “New Historians,” who “have generally confirmed the conclusions of Arab historians… and conversely have disproved the assertions of the traditional ‘Zionist’ historians whose work has been shown to contain a lot of nationalist myth-making.”

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