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Israeli official criticizes University of Michigan lecture

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A senior Israeli cabinet minister sent a letter to the University of Michigan president over campus incidents the politician described as “vitriolic hatred against the Jewish state.”

Naftali Bennett, the minister responsible for education and diaspora affairs, wrote the letter Monday to University President Mark Schlissel to express concerns over a Thursday lecture at the Ann Arbor school. In it, artist Emory Douglas shared his work, including a collage of side-by-side images of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Adolf Hitler and the phrase “guilty of genocide.”

Bennett urged Schlissel to “make a strong stand against” such incidents.

University officials say in a statement the “school does not control or censor what speakers present” during the series.

The letter also criticized a Michigan professor’s recent decision not to recommend a student for a study program in Israel.