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Harvard Crimson sophomorically endorses BDS and the destruction of Israel

- FLAME - FACTS AND LOGIC ABOUT THE MIDDLE EAST - Ken Cohen, Editor - MAY 17, 2022 -

Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. is the parent college for the Harvard Crimson, which recently published an editorial riddled with errors and omissions that endorses the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and its calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.

Dear Friend of FLAME:

By its recent editorial endorsing of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, the Harvard Crimson—the most renowned student newspaper in the world—has taken the editorial position that Israel must be obliterated.

Unfortunately, the editorial is riddled with errors, omissions and breathtaking superficiality—belying Harvard University’s reputed academic excellence.

For starters, Harvard’s elite student editors hid the fact that Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS movement, has repeatedly stated, “Definitely, most definitely, we oppose a Jewish state in any part of Palestine,” adding that Palestinians have a right to “resistance by any means, including armed resistance.” That last phrase is Palestinian-speak for “the terrorist murder of Israeli Jews.”

Nor did the Crimson’s editors quote the favored slogan of the Harvard chapter of the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), which proclaims its goal is a Palestinian state “from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea.” This objective aligns with Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas maps and flags that depict no trace of a nation called Israel.

The Crimson op-ed extols and endorses the Harvard PSC throughout, with no dissent whatever from its central and explicit call for the annihilation of the Jewish State.

The editorial glowingly describes the recent PSC-sponsored Israel Apartheid Week’s “colorful” banners festooning Harvard Yard. We don’t know if the Crimson staff were equally smitten with the banners accusing Israel of “Racism, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy and Apartheid,” as well as the Israel-less maps and the murals depicting Jews as Nazis, brutally assaulting and murdering Palestinians.

The Crimson’s Editorial Board was at pains to deny it is antisemitic, but it is impossible to read their full-throated endorsement of the BDS movement in any other way.

In this case, anti-Zionism is most certainly also antisemitic. If you deny the self-determination of a three-thousand-year-old indigenous people returning to their ancient homeland to form the world’s only Jewish state, where no other state existed—and that’s the only state in the world you demonize and delegitimize—that’s an egregious double standard, and that’s antisemitic.

Former Harvard President Lawrence Summers called on “all members of the Harvard community, including its current leadership, to make clear their righteous opposition to BDS’s antisemitism . . . and those organizations that support it.”

Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow has declined to condemn the editorial or its antisemitism.

Alan Dershowitz, the noted Harvard Law professor, describes the editorial as “ignorant, discriminatory and deceptive.” As one example, he cites the editorial’s assertion that, just this year, “Israeli soldiers have killed nearly 50 Palestinians,” . . . without mentioning that most of these casualties were killed while they “were engaged in terrorism against Israeli civilians.”

The Crimson editorial also claims that Israel is “assault[ing] the West Bank’s sovereignty.” In fact, the West Bank—and Palestinian Arabs in general—have never exercised sovereignty anywhere. What’s more—maybe the students aren’t aware—the Oslo Accords treaty with the Palestinians gives Israel security control over most of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).


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