British-US academic refuses to help Israeli 13-year-old girl with a school project ‘until there is peace in Palestine’
- Shachar Rabinovitch emailed Dr Marsha Levine questions about horses
- The inquisitive Israeli teenager, 13, was working on a school assignment
- Dr Levine is an expert on the history of the domestication of horses
- But in her reply, she said the teenager should look into Israel’s history
- She added: ‘I’ll answer your questions when there is peace for Palestinians’
An ex-Cambridge academic has refused to answer an inquisitive 13-year-old Israeli girl’s questions on horses ‘until there is peace and justice for Palestinians’.
Teenager Shachar Rabinovitch emailed Dr Marsha Levine to ask her some basic questions about horses for a school assignment.
But Dr Levine – a former Cambridge academic considered an expert on the history of domestication of horses – responded with a link to the homepage of lobby group Jews for Justice for Palestinians.
In the email exchange, the teenager said she was working a school assessment about horses and it would be ‘great’ if Dr Levine could help her.
She said: ‘I know you are a very important person and I’ve read your article about horses (Domestication, Breed Diversification and Early History of the Horse).
‘I love horses and it will be an honour if you will answer my questions.’
She then asked four basic questions about ancient horse breeds – including where they lived and what were the most common types.
Dr Marsha Levine – a former Cambridge academic – responded to the request with a link to the homepage of lobby group Jews for Justice for Palestinians
But Dr Levine’s response stated: ‘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. So, I suggest that you look at this link.’
She included a link to the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the website of the Jews for Justice for Palestinians – of which she is a member.
The original email, along with Dr Levine’s response, was posted on Facebook by Shachar’s father Shamir Rabinovitch.
He told Camilla Turner and Raf Sanchez from The Daily Telegraph he was shocked at the academic’s reply, and questioned if her response was productive.
Mr Rabinovitch told the paper: ‘I think it’s OK to have different opinions about Israel and we make a lot of mistakes in this country, like in all countries. But it’s not OK to involve children in this stuff.
‘How can she make all these assumptions about what we think and who we are?’
In an interview with the Jewish Chronicle, Dr Levine
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