a doctoral candidate to oxford has been rejected by a university official for being israeli.

in an e-mail to the student, prof. andre wilkie writes,

“Thank you for contacting me, but I don’t think this would work. 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 UK scientist with these views but I’m sure you will find another lab if you look around.”

has the academic boycott of israel gone too far, encouraging the same sort of discrimination these activists claim to be against? or is this a case of the new “acceptable” anti-semitism?