- Former professor at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology
- Vehement critic of Israel
- “Uniformed Israeli troops murder and mutilate Palestinian children.”
Michael Sinnott, who received his first degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford, was a professor of “paper science” at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) from 1996 until his retirement in 2003. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) from 1989-1996. He is known not only for his scientific expertise, but also for his intense hatred of Israel.
Sinnott stirred controversy when he supported the June 2002 actions of his colleague, Professor Mona Baker, who dismissed from the boards of the two journals she owns and edits two Israelis, Miriam Shlesinger of Bar-Ilan University and Gideon Toury of Tel Aviv University. These dismissals were made solely because the individuals in question were Israelis. Baker also announced that she would no longer accept articles from Israeli researchers, and it was later revealed that she would not “allow” books originating from her private publishing house (St. Jerome) to be purchased by Israeli institutions.
Springing to Baker’s defense, Sinnott called Baker’s critics guilty of peddling “sanctimonious claptrap.” He asserted that what made Israel a unique menace to the world was “the breathtaking power of the American Jewish lobby.” He said that during his years in Chicago, he had become aware that “the Israeli atrocities for which my tax dollars were paying were never reported in the American news media, which were either controlled by Jews, or browbeaten by them.” He added that his “pay raises at UIC never really recovered” from his having defiantly scheduled a graduate class on the Jewish Sabbath.
In addition, Sinnott denounced what he called a “real Zionist conspiracy” on a global scale. “Uniformed Israeli troops murder and mutilate Palestinian children,” he said, “destroy homes and orchards, steal land and water and do their best to root out Palestinian culture and the Palestinians themselves. With the recent crop of atrocities, the Zionist state is now fully living down to Zionism’s historical and cultural origins as the mirror image of Nazism. Both ideologies arose in the same city, within 30 years of each other, and are both based on ideas of a superior/chosen people whose desires override the rights of the rest of us. Zionist atrociousness has been slower to develop, but victims learn from their victimisers, and with the atrocities in Jenin, Israel is about where Germany was around the time of Kristallnacht.”
This profile was adapted from the article “Boycotting Israel: Back to 1933?_” written by Edward Alexander and published by FrontPageMagazine.com on June 7, 2003.