A retired researcher who used to work at Cambridge is explaining why she refused to answer an Israeli girl’s question by citing peace in Palestine.
According to The Telegraph, an Israeli girl named Shachar Rabinovitch emailed Dr. Marsha Levine with some questions about horses because of her expertise in that field.
Rabinovitch said, “I love horses very much and it will be an honour if you will answer my questions.”
She sent a follow-up email with a few questions, but Levine responded by saying, “I’ll answer your questions when there is peace and justice for Palestinians in Palestine… 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.”
Rabinovitch’s father posted the exchange on Facebook and told The Telegraph he didn’t understand why Levine replied to an innocent question from an interested girl with “such anger.”
This is what Levine told the paper in response:
“Kids have questions, I usually answer their questions,” she said. “But I have agreed to BDS [the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel], and I do want to see justice for Palestine.
“In Israel the majority of Israelis support the policies of the government which abuses the rights of Palestinians, so the fact is I don’t want to help Israelis, and if you don’t start with children where do you start?”
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