This professor isn’t boycotting Israel. He’s boycotting a Jewish American student.
did you read the link?
the professor clearly states why he isn't writing the recommendation.
“I support the boycott because I support solidarity,” he said in an interview with The Daily. “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.”
surely the student has other professors she can turn to. if it's against his principles not to break the boycott, why would you think he is singling this student out? he stated in his email to her "Let me know if you need me to write other letters for you, as i'd be happy, John". as well as:
“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. The idea is that I am just one person, and by refusing to write that letter or at least rescinding it, I tried to keep to my conscious and to the fact that I believe that the boycott is a good tactic to enhance human rights and to get everyone in Israel-Palestine to have what international criminal court and the U.N. in general has requested, which is equal rights for everybody.”
why do you want to make it about the student, when it isn't?
“As a professor, I’m not just a machine writing things for people,” he said. “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. Seeing what can we do more, how can we have a larger campus-wide discussion. I want to push it beyond the horse-race politics of what John did or did not say.”
old geezer, what i find bizarre is the hasbara about "he was an inciteful human being" as "bravado" and some bs about "gloating over the death of a human" (where?). huh? there's no gloating or bravado, it's merely a statement of fact he was inciteful. or maybe he thought "karma" was a statement of bravado. and where is the so called "whining and handwringing"? truly i am mystified. even the "His death will be avenged tenfold and the vengeance will feel so good" sounds like something might happen in the future, when it's ever so obvious the israelis already went out and killed for retribution/vengeance. maybe he missed it -- or didn't even read the article:
“The deliberate murder of six Palestinians by Israeli forces in the last twenty-four hours is yet another escalation in the Israeli occupation’s brutality and inhumanity”, she said on Wednesday.
But who is listening? Who wants to hear about the deaths of Muhammad Zaghloul al-Khatib al-Rimawi, Muhammad Yousif Alayan, Muhammad Ahmad Abu Naji, Ahmad Muhammad Muhsin Omar, Naji Jamil Abu Assi and Alaa Ziyad Abu Assi? Nah, Ari Fuld, that’s the news.
so this is revenge that "feel so good"? killing random palestinians. most of his comments i just gloss over nowadays. he's not worthy. ignore him. scumoftheearth.