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Pro-Israel Prof Fired by U. Maryland Plans to Take Legal Action

Pro-Israel Prof Fired by U. Maryland Plans to Take Legal Action

“was dismissed months after complaining of facing religious discrimination”

Dr. Melissa Landa seems to have been unfairly let go from her job and she’s fighting back.

The Algemeiner reports:

Pro-Israel University of Maryland Professor Dismissed After Complaining of Religious Discrimination Plans Legal Action

A Jewish professor at the University of Maryland (UMD) who was dismissed months after complaining of facing religious discrimination plans to pursue legal action against the school, The Algemeiner has learned.

Dr. Melissa Landa, who worked as an assistant clinical professor at UMD’s College of Education and has been a vocal opponent of anti-Israel activism in academia, was informed on June 8 that her contract would not be renewed. Her firing, which is currently being investigated by UMD’s Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct, came shortly after the resolution of a faculty grievance that Landa filed in February against two of her colleagues.

Faculty members who submit such complaints may not be “reprimanded or discriminated against in any way,” according to university policy, and Landa’s attorney Ari Wilkenfeld said legal steps against UMD “are forthcoming.”

Landa told The Algemeiner that her troubles began shortly after she started vocally advocating for Israel “in November 2015, when I wrote an essay for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East denouncing the [anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions] movement in academia.” The next month, Landa — who completed her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College — formed a group to address what she and other concerned alumni saw as rising antisemitic and anti-Israel sentiment at their alma mater.


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At least this time LaChance provides some basis, albeit sparse, for the claim that Landa is pro-Israel. However, his first piece seemed to document only that Landa was an ardent SJW, something no college of education needs. Is there any evidence demonstrating she wasn’t let go for incompetence? She could be invoking the Kaepernick defense.