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Editoria, s (6 o ooooooo*ooo.o* ooooooo Op-Ed 5A Calendar 6A Scene Around 9A Synagogue Directory 11A JTA News Briefs 13A (l-r): Gary Trauner, Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev.; Sen. Ben By Ron Kampeas running for the House. There are two incumbents and 13 challengers. WASHINGTON (JTA)--There are 56 Additionally, two House candidates, candidates for Congress who identify both Democrats, haveJewishfathersand as Jewish. say that shaped their outlook, but they Amongthemare41Democrats:fiveare do not identify as Jewish. At least three running for the Senate--three incum- House hopefuls in the same party--two bents and two challengers. Among the incumbents and one challenger--have 36 in the U.S. House of Representatives, a Jewish spouse and are raising their 18 are incumbents and 18 are challeng- children as Jewish. ers. (Three incumbent Jewish House Politically and geographically, they Democrats are retiring.) are as diverse a bunch as the 900 candi- The 15 Republican candidates are dates for Congress (Jews, who make up Illustration by Lior Zaltzman/Getty Images Cardin; and Sen. Bernie Sanders. less than 2 percent of the population, comprise 6 percent of the candidates). There are moderate Republicans who would rather not mention President Donald Trump's name while campaign- ing, right-wing Republicans who eagerly embrace the Trump endorsement and other right-wing Republicanswho peddle "alt-right" tropes. There are centrist Democrats who staunchly defend Israel, leftist Democrats Senate on page 14A By Jackson Richman (JNS)--The University of Michigan is again under fire for anti-Israel sentiment as a pro-BDS instructor rejected a Jewish student's request for a letter of recommendation to study in Israel for a semester, just a few months after an associate professor refused to do the same for student Abigail Ingber. In August, associate profes- sor in the American Culture Department John Cheney- Lippold wrote to Ingber via email: "As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in sup- port of Palestinians living in Palestine. This boycott includes writing letters of recommendation for students planning to study there For reasons of these politics, I must rescind my offer to write your letter." He is now undergoing dis- ciplinary action. But the problem is bigger than Cheney-Lippold, as fur- ther evidenced by a second, nearly identical incident that affected another Jewish student. Last week, a graduate teaching instructor reneged O on her promise to write 20-year-old junior Jake Secker a letter of recommendation to study abroad for a semester at Tel Aviv University. "I'm so sorry that I didn't ask before agreeing to write your recommendation letter, but I regrettably will not be able to write on your behalf," Lucy Peterson said in her email to Secker. "Along with numerous other academics in the U.S. and elsewhere, I have pledged myself to a boycott of Israeli institutions as a way of showing solidarity with Palestine." University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald has stated on the record that "the univer- sity is prohibited by federal law from discussing student matters without the written permission of the student." Secker is a friend of Ing- ber's. He did not respond to JNS for a comment, nor did Peterson. Groups like the Anti-Def- amation League condemned the move and called on the university to address the is- sue of students being denied letters of recommendation to study in Israel, despite the uni- versity's policy against BDS. Culture o page 14A By Josefin Doisten and Ron Kampeas NEW YORK (JTA)--Nikki Haley, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations and a strong defender of Israel in the world body, will leave her post by the end of this year. President Donald Trump in an Oval Office appearance with Haley on Tuesday morn- ing praised the former South Carolina governor and said that about six months ago, she told him that she was ready to leave by the end of this year. "She's a fantastic person, cultural affiliate, and pushed for the defunding of UNRWA, the agency that administers assistance to Palestinian refugees and their descen- dants. She threw a party for countries that did not vote to condemn the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as (JNS)--A University of Michigan professor, citing his support for the BDS move- ment in denying a student's request in August for a letter of recommendation for a semester-long study-abroad program at Tel Aviv University, was sanctioned on Tuesday by the university. "As you may know, many university departments have pledged an academic boycott against Israel in support of Palestinians living in Pales- tine," John Cheney-Lippold, ~ very importantly, but she's Israel's capital, an associate professor in the also somebody that gets it," Haley at the Oval Office American Culture depart- Trump said. event said Trump earned in- ment, wrote to University John Cheney-Lippold, an Theannouncementhases- ternationalrespectbydeliver- of Michigan student Abigail associate professor in the pecially shocked supporters of ingonhiswarnings, including Ingber in an email inAugust. American Culture depart- Israel."WhateverTrump may on Iran and Israel. "Thisboycottincludeswriting ment at the University of havegottenwrong, hischoice "They get it when the lettersofrecommendationfor Michigan, cited the BDS ofNikki Haley as ambassador president says he means busi- students planning to study movement in his decision to to the U.N. was a master- ness," she said."Ifyou look at there For reasons of these withholda letterrecommen- co stroke," the Boston Globe's the anti-Israel bias and the US Ambassador to the UN politics, I must rescind my dation for a Jewish student Jeff Jacoby wrote recently, strength and courage the Nikki Haley offer to write your letter." seeking to study abroad in CNN has referred to her as president showed in moving The punishments against Israel. ! "thebreakoutstar"ofTrump's the embassy" to Jerusalem. returned the compliment on Cheney-Lippold include a cabinet. She especially praised Twitter. sternwarning, ineligibility for ScienceandtheArtslonSepk ~ ,~ Haley, a moderate on Jared Kushner, Trump's "She is a bold reformera merit increase for the 2018- 20, where he acknowledged i ~ ELi ~ Trump's foreign policy team, Jewish son-in-law. "Jared is and has been an unwavering 19 academic year, in addition he was wrong regarding had a warm relationshipa hidden genius that no one championoftruth, principled tobeing ineligible to take an university policies on the c~ with Israeli Prime Minister understands," she said. Haley realism and integrity within accredited sabbatical until the BDS movement and instead ~ ~ Benjamin Netanyahu, whorecently joined Kushnerthe United Nations," Ivanka fall 2020 semester, inserted "a personal stance," tO frequently praised her for in shaping his Middle East Trump saidonTwitter."Jared Ingber's family found out ~ ~ criticizing what she saw as peace proposal, which noone and I are grateful for her about the course of action Professor on page 15A ~" z bias against the Jewish state outside the small team has friendship--a true blessing through a Freedom of Infor- m< Or? at the U.N. seen. "It is so unbelievably in our lives!" mation Act request, obtained ~- ** ~ co ~ ~ The most consequential well done,' she said of the Haley was a star in the byJNS. cD *** ~r ~ actions she took had to do proposal, center-right pro-Israel corn- Cheney-Lippold met with -7 co with Israel: She pulled out of Ivanka Trump, Kushner's Elizabeth Cole, interim dean UNESCO, the United Nations wife and Trump's daughter,Haley on page 13A of the College of Literature,