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Why Did the Harvard Crimson Decide to Take on Israel?

Dan Diker

Israel Hayom, May 3, 2022

“Does the Harvard Crimson Editorial board agree with PSC’s goal of dismantling the Jewish and democratic state to “free Palestine”?”

The international BDS movement has intensified its domination of university campuses. On Friday, April 29, Melbourne University in Australia passed a boycott, divestment and sanctions movement’s resolution accusing Israel of “ongoing ethnic cleansing, apartheid, attacks on innocent worshippers”, and characterized “Zionism as a racist, colonial ideology”.  This “Nazification” of the democratic nation-state of the Jewish people which reflects BDS’s basic position, should not surprise anyone who has researched the BDS movement and its core claim that Israel should never have been reestablished in 1948, and should now be dismantled and replaced by a 23rd Arab Muslim majority state.

The Crimson Editorial board’s April 29th editorial In Support of Boycott Sanction and a Free Palestine legitimizes and normalizes BDS’s core claim and above-mentioned genocidal rhetoric. While it claims to oppose all forms of antisemitism, the Crimson‘s uncritical embrace of Harvard’s Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) thrusts Harvard’s daily paper into a cauldron of the new Israel-targeted antisemitism, rendering the Crimson either unschooled or willfully blind to the radical roots and extremist ends of the PSC and the two-decade international BDS Movement.  Notwithstanding the Crimson’s Jewish editorial board chairperson, Orlee Marini Rapoport’s April 30 tweet of self-adulation, “I’m so proud to be part of this thoughtful group”, she and the Crimson‘s board exhibit either stunning ignorance of BDS’s political ideology or malice of forethought in endorsing the PSC’s totalitarian goals.

In the context of the recent holocaust Remembrance Day, the Nazis massacred six million Jews rooted in a discourse of racial inferiority. The PSC’s BDS crusade seeks the annihilation of the Jewish state “in the name of human rights and our common humanity” as former Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler warned in a recent zoom expose of BDS. Omar Barghouti, a co-founder of the BDS and a stalwart Harvard PSC guest, has repeated ad nauseum that BDS does not seek a two-state-for-two-peoples compromise; It seeks Israel’s destruction. Barghouti’s support for policide can be found in a May 20, 2021, Arabic language podcast as reported by Israel Hayom on June 2, 2021.

A few questions for the Harvard editorial board may help us clarify the nature of its “proud” endorsement of the PSC, a group that works for the dissolution of Jewish state using the deceptive slogan, “From the River to the Sea Palestine will be free”. This chant can be heard on some 250 campuses across the US where PSC and Students for Justice (SJP) led by former Hamas affiliate Hatem Bazian maintain branches.

Does the Harvard Crimson Editorial board agree with PSC’s goal of dismantling the Jewish and democratic state to “free Palestine”? One indication that it does support the PSC’s rejection of Israel can be found on in a simple scroll down Harvard’s PSC website. It features a 2019 solidarity panel featuring Rutgers Professor Mark Lamont Hill and former Harvard Professor Cornell West both of whom have “canceled” the Jewish state as apartheid and called for its dissolution. Lamont Hill called for “a “free Palestine from the River to the Sea in a speech to the United Nations on November 29 2018.

Is the Crimson board aware that the PSC as an affiliate of the BDS National Committee in Ramallah are fellow BDS members together with US and EU designated radical Islamic and Marxist-Leninist groups?

The PSC’s BDS Israel “apartheid” narrative and Holocaust “inversion” of the Jewish state date back to a 1961 declaration by then PLO Chairman Ahmad Shukeiry in a UN Committee meeting.

PSC’s Israel eliminationism can be traced further back to the 1928 emergence of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood the mother organization of Hamas, It published an Arabic translation of the classic Russian-authored antisemitic tract the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and distributed it widely to the Arab and Muslim world.

Amin al-Husseini – Wikipedia

In the 1930s, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the first Palestinian Arab leader, agitated Muslims to attack Jews using anti-Jewish tropes and conspiracy theories in his mosque sermons. In the 1940s he encouraged the Nazis to bomb Tel Aviv, and impose the “final solution” on the Jews of Palestine. Is this the “free Palestine” that the Crimson editorial board advocates?

Regrettably, the Crimson‘s endorsement accedes to decades of Palestinian political warfare tactics schooled by their Soviet, Chinese sponsors, and other Marxist Leninist movements of the1960s and 1970s promoting disinformation to counter Jewish indigeneity and sovereignty. General Giap of the Viet Cong advised Arafat to market his cause as one of “human rights,” which Arafat used in his infamous 1974 UN Israel apartheid speech that led to the approval of the UN’s 1975 “Zionism is Racism” resolution which anchors the PSC and the BDS movement today.

In 2019 The German Bundestag unanimously condemned the BDS movement as antisemitic, resolving that a boycott of the Jewish state is reminiscent of the Nazi propaganda and its Juden boykott of the 1930s that led to the massacre of six million Jewish children, their parents, relatives and neighbors.

The Harvard Crimson Editorial board owes an explanation to the Harvard community and its alumni clarifying its “proud” support for the Palestine Solidarity Committee.

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