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Professor Robinson gets a passing grade in Israeli-Nazi comparison

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 25, 2009 | 11:42 am

Remember the recent controversy surrounding a UC Santa Barbara sociology professor who in January sent students in one of his classes an email containing 42 “parallel images of Nazis and Israelis?”

The uproar from prominent Jewish organizations led to the university launching an academic investigation into William I. Robinson’s conduct. Some of these organizations were, in turn, criticized for trying to intimidate the Jewish sociology professor.

Well, yesterday Robinson’s case drew to a close.

In a letter to Robinson, Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas wrote:

I have received the report of the Charges Committee regarding charges brought against you. The Committee did not find probable cause to undertake disciplinary action in this matter.

I have accepted the findings of the Charges Committee. Accordingly, this matter is now terminated.

It will be interesting to see if that last sentence is accurate.

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