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Israel row tutor suspended
Oxford university
The university said there was no place for any form of discrimination
A professor who rejected a student's application because he had been in the Israeli army has been suspended by Oxford University.

Professor Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield professor of pathology, emailed the student saying he would not enrol "someone who had served in the Israeli army".

A university spokesman said: "This ruling reflects that there can be no place for any form of discrimination within the University of Oxford."

Professor Wilkie has been suspended from his academic duties, without pay, for two months and will have to undergo equal opportunities training.

'Diverse backgrounds'

The student, Amit Duvshani, a masters student at Tel Aviv University, had applied to work for a PhD under Professor Wilkie.

He says he was rejected in an e-mail from the professor which outlined his objections to Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

The spokesman from the university said: "Professor Wilkie fully accepts the gravity of the situation and is determined to make full use of training to ensure that his actions and those of his staff reflect best practice in future.

"He particularly wishes to make it clear that he greatly values the diverse backgrounds of the staff and students with whom he works and looks forward to applications from able candidates, whatever their background."

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