An acclaimed Jewish cancer doctor has sued New York University and its Langone Medical center after being fired for making a pro-Israel post on social media. 

Dr Benjamin Neel, who led the hospitals’ prestigious Perlmutter Cancer Center, has alleged that his contract was terminated without due process. 

Neel has claimed he was fired last week, November 10, for reposting social media content that ‘criticized people who support the violence toward and death of Israelis’. 

The 67-year-old had originally been suspended on October 31, has alleged that the sacking was ‘religious discrimination’. 

The suit alleges that: ‘Jews who speak out in support of their ancestral connection to Israel and care about the survival of the Jewish people are expressing a religious and ethnic component of their Jewish identity.’

Dr Benjamin Neel, who led the hospitals' prestigious Perlmutter Cancer Center, has alleged that his contract was terminated without due process

Dr Benjamin Neel, who led the hospitals’ prestigious Perlmutter Cancer Center, has alleged that his contract was terminated without due process

Neel has claimed he was fired last week for reposting social media content that 'criticized people who support the violence toward and death of Israelis'

Neel has claimed he was fired last week for reposting social media content that ‘criticized people who support the violence toward and death of Israelis’

Neel is seeking $500,000 in damages and has claimed that his ‘previously immaculate reputation’ was in ‘tatters’. 

The suit also alleges that Neel was used as a ‘sacrificial lamb’ due to the hospital needing to justify the removal of Dr. Zaki Masoud. 

Masoud had been a resident at NYU Langone Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, Long Island, before he was fired over anti-Semitic comments. 

According to the New York Post, the filing adds: ‘Dr. Neel became a political casualty of NYULH’s effort to terminate Dr. Masoud and other physicians.

‘Dr. Neel was offered up as sacrificial lamb so that NYULH could feign impartiality in its effort to curb political and religious expression.’ 

Neel has also claimed that his posts on X, formerly known as Twitter, were reposts of other people’s tweets and were relatively ‘tepid and muted’. 

The retweets were three satirical cartoons including one that took at climate protestor Greta Thunberg after she weighed in on the war. 

Another showed a cartoon of negotiations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of Hamas who is holding a piece of paper saying: ‘DEMANDS: DEATH TO ALL JEWS.’ 

He had also reposted one that said: ‘You don’t have a ceasefire with Hitler. You wipe out Hitler. Think people.’

Dr. Zaki Masoud had been a resident at NYU Langone Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, Long Island, before he was fired over anti-Semitic comments

Dr. Zaki Masoud had been a resident at NYU Langone Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, Long Island, before he was fired over anti-Semitic comments

Neel, pictured here with President Biden, has alleged that the sacking was 'religious discrimination'

Neel, pictured here with President Biden, has alleged that the sacking was ‘religious discrimination’

Another showed a cartoon of negotiations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of Hamas, seen above

Another showed a cartoon of negotiations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a member of Hamas, seen above

One other post is said to have included a list of the names of people who died in Gaza, which had been captioned ‘Hamas wrote names on a piece of paper so it’s definitely accurate.’

The last retweet is said to have been a picture of a protest in Brooklyn, which showed a demonstrator flying a Palestine and LGBTQ+ flag, which Neel described as ‘an oxymoron’. 

In the suit, Neel also included an email from Dr. Robert Grossman, the CEO of NYU Langone, who condemned students who walked out in protest against Israel at NYU. 

In the email, Grossman replied to Neel saying that the University ‘should take away their scholarships.’ 

Due to the posts and his dismissal, Neel alleges he lost a consulting position and a board seat, with several other roles now in ‘peril’. 

Court papers seen by the Post also allege that he fears a zero-interest $1 million loan the hospital gave him will become immediately due.

Neel has also authored more than 260 primary papers and 35 reviews, and is a member of the Association of American Physicians

Neel has also authored more than 260 primary papers and 35 reviews, and is a member of the Association of American Physicians

Attorney for Neel, Milton Williams, said in a statement: ‘It is a travesty that after a stellar career fighting the battle against cancer, a long-tenured and world-renowned research scientist can be unceremoniously duped.

‘We believe Dr. Neel is the first person to lose their job and have their reputations besmirched for re-posting content on his private social media account that challenged those individuals who are seemingly celebrating the death of innocent people in Israel.’

NYU Langone spokesman Steve Ritea told Bloomberg that: ‘NYU Langone stands by our decision and looks forward to defending it in court.’

Neel has previously took up positions with Harvard Medical School, having served as the Director of the Ontario Cancer Institute at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center.

His research has led to form new approaches to tackling cancers including lung and pancreatic. 

Neel has also authored more than 260 primary papers and 35 reviews, and is a member of the Association of American Physicians.  

It comes after three Jewish students sued NYU earlier this week after failing to protect them against ‘festering Jewish hatred permeating the school’. 

Jewish pupils Bella Ingber, Sabrina Maslavi and Saul Tawil have accused their college of ‘egregious civil rights violations’ by allegedly allowing other students to chant anti-Semitic slogans like ‘gas the Jews’ and ‘Hitler was right’ without repercussions.

Their lawsuit, filed in New York federal court, says the college has been giving ‘mobs of students carte blanche to harass and intimidate NYU’s Jewish population’ through its ‘actions and inactions’ over the past month.

It alleges ‘the age-old virus of antisemitism is alive and well at New York University’ and has grown worse after Hamas’ horrific October 7 incursion into Israel brought tensions to a boiling point. 

NYU staff and students are seen here during a walkout and protest in support of Palestine in Manhattan November 9

NYU staff and students are seen here during a walkout and protest in support of Palestine in Manhattan November 9

It alleges ‘the age-old virus of antisemitism is alive and well at New York University’ and has grown worse after Hamas’ horrific October 7 incursion into Israel brought tensions to a boiling point.

Ingber, Maslavi and Tawil blasted the university for allegedly violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color or national origin.

They say they tried to address their concerns, but administrators brushed them off and said they should call a hotline for students with ’emotional challenges.’

NYU has contested their claims, telling DailyMail.com they ‘do not accurately describe conditions on our campus,’ and that it ‘looks forward to setting the record straight’ in court. 

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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