Haaretz reports: Prof. Shlomo Sand, a Tel Aviv University history professor, said Sunday that he had received an envelope containing white powder and a letter that included death threats.
In the letter, which was received by the secretary of the university’s Department of History, the professor was accused of being an “anti-Semitic,” among other things. The letter also threatened Sand that he would “not live much longer.”
In a conversation with Haaretz, Sand said, “I opened a series of letters as usual, and then all of a sudden a white cloud jumped out. I was shocked that the powder got on to my hands and threw down the letter. It’s been brought to the attention of the security officer and the police sent a squad car to the site and the substance was taken for a test.”
Sand, who intends on filing a complaint with Israel Police on Monday, said he was concerned after having received the letter. “They wrote that I’m an anti-Semite, Nazi, that my time will come. It’s a very unpleasant feeling,” he said.
The history professor said it was possible that his new book, “The Invention of the Land of Israel: From Holy Land to Homeland,” might have been what caused someone to send him the letter. “Four years ago, when I published my previous book, ‘The Invention of the Jewish People,’ there were fewer crazy people than there are today,” Sand told Haaretz.