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  • May 4, 2016 – Harvard University Jewish Student (Unnamed in article) “This incident of anti-Semitism didn’t occur in a vacuum…Harvard has become a fertile environment for anti-Israel activism through its constant hosting of speakers and events, and support for student clubs and programs, whose major purpose is the demonization of the Jewish state.” Read more
  • April 18, 2016 – Harvard Law School Jewish Students (Jeremy , Jacqueline  and Jonathan) “Anti-Semitism is still very real today, and it just showed itself in our community at Harvard Law School. At the Q&A section of an event last Thursday, an HLS student asked Jewish, Israeli dignitary Tzipi Livni: “How is it that you are so smelly? . . . A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”… Discussions about Israel cannot devolve into ad hominem attacks against Jews…The Nazis promoted the idea that Jews “smell” to propagandize Jews as an inferior people. The idea that Jews can be identified by a malodor is patently offensive and stereotypes Jews as an “other” which incites further acts of discrimination. The fact that such a hate-filled and outdated stereotype reemerged at Harvard Law School is nothing short of revolting.” Read more
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    ClassificationDate-Description
    TARGETING JEWISH STUDENTS AND STAFF: GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    11/22/16 – A visiting Jewish professor from the University of Texas at Austin received an antisemitic postcard that stated, “You just got your kike ass kicked. Fuck you Hymie. We’re gonna drain the swamp at Harvard Law” and signed off with “Juden raus!”, which is a Nazi-era German phrase that means “Jews out!”
    DENIGRATION4/21/16 – In an article published in The Harvard Independent, a Harvard undergraduate student quotes an anonymous PhD student accusing Jewish professors of rejecting for a position at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies a well qualified tenure-track Palestinian scholar because he had “expressed views disagreeing with Israel’s actions and one or more people on his committee were Jewish and did not agree with his views.”
    DENIGRATION;
    HISTORICAL
    4/14/16 – At an event co-sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association and Harvard Hillel entitled, “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict & the U.S.,” during the the Q&A section, an HLS student (later identified as a SJP member and BDS activist) played on the historical association of a “smelly/dirty Jew” and denigrated the speaker by asking Jewish, Israeli dignitary Tzipi Livni: “How is it that you are so smelly? . . . A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”
    GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION;
    HISTORICAL
    11/9/15 – A swastika was drawn on a classroom table at Harvard Law School several days after a controversial lecture by a former senior legal counsel of the Israeli military.
    SUPPRESSION OF SPEECH/MOVEMENT/ASSEMBLY;
    DEMONIZATION
    10/15/15 – About 15 members of the Palestine Solidarity Committee staged a “die-in” near the entrance to Hillel, protesting an event inside the building that featured an officer in the Israel army. Jonah C. Steinberg, the executive director of Hillel, said: “this is the first time in my five years at Harvard that I have seen an effort to interfere with the event of another organization.”
    ANTISEMITIC EXPRESSION: DENYING JEWS SELF-DETERMINATION;
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (BDS EVENT)
    4/26/17 – Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event, “Omar Barghouti: BDS & the Struggle for Palestinian Rights.” During the event, Barghouti delegitimized Israel, referring to it as an “apartheid country” that is “…in part a more evolved and sophisticated and brutal form of apartheid than is South Africa,” as well as endorsed calls for BDS, including an academic boycott, stating, “all Israeli institutions, academic and cultural, are involved in Israel’s violation of human rights to varying degrees. All of them, and that’s why we target them.” He further stated that Israel “took a page out of South Africa’s apartheid regime’s propaganda,” by offering trips to Israel that “try to project an image of Israel as if it’s a liberal dynamic society, to cover up its minor problem of occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism. So it’s really a form of white-washing, pink-washing, green-washing, all kinds of washing and one thing all this washing has in common is a lot of dirt to wash away.” He further claimed, “Jewish communities have thrived under Arab rule” and called for the “right of return,” which would effectively eliminate Jewish self-determination and Israel as a Jewish state.
    DELEGITIMIZATION4/17/17 – Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event “Israeli Apartheid: The Censored UN Study” with one of the authors of the study, Professor Virginia Tilley.
    DEMONIZATION4/20/16 – In an event organized by Harvard Law School Lambda, “When LGBT Rights Are used to Justify Occupation: How We Can Advocate Without Pinkwashing Oppression,” Israel was falsely accused Israel of “pinkwashing,” i.e. malevolently representing Israel as a safe haven for LGBQT people in order to hide Israel’s “crimes”.
    DEMONIZATION2/29/16 – Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event “Gendered State Violence and the Case of Palestine: Why Palestine Is a Feminist Issue.” The description for the event demonized Israel, falsely accusing the state of committing “ethnic cleansing.”
    DELEGITIMIZATION2/16/16 – Harvard Law School (HLS) Justice for Palestine published an article in The Harvard Law Record that delegitimized Israel with the statement, “we’ve got a lot more to say about Israeli apartheid.”
    DEMONIZATION;
    DELEGITIMIZATION;
    BDS ACTIVITY (CALLS FOR BDS)
    7/14/15 – Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee was one of 9 Boston area student groups that published a Youtube video falsely accused Israel of “crimes against humanity” being an “apartheid state” and urges viewers, especially students, to take action by organizing in their respective communities and joining the BDS movement.
    BDS ACTIVITY:CALLS FOR BDS11/13/17 – Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee erected a mock wall on campus, one of whose panels showed an airplane tailing the message “Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions.”
    CALLS FOR BDS4/12/17 – Palestine Solidarity Committee participated in the on-campus collaborative public art project #wallofresistance. One of the panels called for BDS.
    BDS EVENT4/11/17 – As part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” the Palestine Solidarity Committee held the event, “Women & Resistance: Lessons for Organizing in Palestine” to discuss “supporting grassroots action in the Middle East, local and international movements (Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions).”
    BDS EVENT4/6/16 – In an event sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Justice for Palestine entitled “Building Solidarity from Baltimore to Bethlehem,” BDS was promoted.
    CALLS FOR BDS3/13/15 – Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee and Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance signed a statement in support of Northeastern University’s anti-Israel divestment resolution.
    BDS EVENTS2/24/15 – Dorothy Zellner, one of the speakers at a Harvard Hillel-sponsored event entitled “Selma to Ferguson: Religious Tradition as Solidarity,” expressed support for the BDS movement.

     

    In the News ?

    June 7, 2017:
    Forward – Jews Applaud Harvard For Revoking Admission Over Anti-Semitic Memes

    June 5, 2017:
    The Crimson – Harvard Rescinds Acceptances for At Least Ten Students for Obscene Memes

    April 13, 2017:
    The Algemeiner – Harvard Israeli Apartheid Week Kicks Off With Mock ‘Detention Notices’ Citing Supposed Injustices Committed by Jewish State

    April 11, 2017:
    The Harvard Crimson – Fake ‘Investigation Unit’ Notice Sparks Controversy, Apologies

    November 28, 2016:
    JP Updates – Anti-Semitism Continues at Harvard

    November 25, 2016:
    The Harvard Crimson – Anti-Semitic Postcard Promises to ‘Drain the Swamp’ at Harvard Law

    November 22, 2016:
    KVUE – UT professor receives postcard with anti-Semitic slurs
    (Description note – A visiting professor from the University of Texas at Austin received an antisemitic postcard that stated, “We’re gonna drain the swamp at Harvard Law” and signed off with “Juden raus!”, which is a Nazi-era German phrase that means “Jews out!”)

    September 21, 2016:
    HKS Arab Caucus – Open Letter to the Dean of HKS Objecting to Ehud Barak’s Fellowship

    June 5, 2016:
    Haaretz – NGO Charges Harvard for Hosting anti-Semitic Iranian Scholar

    June 2, 2016:
    Israel National News – Harvard hires Iranian who warned of ‘the Jewish threat’

    April 27, 2016:
    JNS.org – Koshering anti-Semitism at Harvard

    April 25, 2016:
    The Wall Street Journal – The Anti-Israel Money Trail

    April 25, 2016:
    Boston Herald – Robbins: Anti-Semitism hits Harvard Law – Spurred on by campus boycott movement

    April 25, 2016:
    The Harvard Law Record – A Letter in Support of Husam El-Qoulaq

    April 22, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – BDS Activist Named as Harvard Law Student Behind ‘Smelly’ Remark Directed at Visiting Israeli Politician

    April 20, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Dean of Harvard Law School Denounces Antisemitic ‘Smelly Tzipi Livni’ Comment as an ‘Embarrassment to This Institution’

    April 20, 2016:
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency – Harvard law student leader apologizes for asking Israeli lawmaker why she’s ‘so smelly’

    April 20, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Dean of Harvard Law School Denounces Antisemitic ‘Smelly Tzipi Livni’ Comment as an ‘Embarrassment to This Institution’

    April 20, 2016:
    Arutz Sheva – Anti-Semitic insults hurled at Tzipi Livni during Harvard talk

    April 18, 2016:
    The Harvard Law Record – A Statement on Recent Anti-Semitic Comments
    (Description note, “Anti-Semitism is still very real today, and it just showed itself in our community at Harvard Law School. At the Q&A section of an event last Thursday, an HLS student asked Jewish, Israeli dignitary Tzipi Livni: “How is it that you are so smelly? . . . A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”… Discussions about Israel cannot devolve into ad hominem attacks against Jews…The Nazis promoted the idea that Jews “smell” to propagandize Jews as an inferior people. The idea that Jews can be identified by a malodor is patently offensive and stereotypes Jews as an “other” which incites further acts of discrimination. The fact that such a hate-filled and outdated stereotype reemerged at Harvard Law School is nothing short of revolting.”)

    April 18, 2016:
    The Harvard Law Record – A Statement on Recent Anti-Semitic Comments
    (Description note, “Anti-Semitism is still very real today, and it just showed itself in our community at Harvard Law School. At the Q&A section of an event last Thursday, an HLS student asked Jewish, Israeli dignitary Tzipi Livni: “How is it that you are so smelly? . . . A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”… Discussions about Israel cannot devolve into ad hominem attacks against Jews…The Nazis promoted the idea that Jews “smell” to propagandize Jews as an inferior people. The idea that Jews can be identified by a malodor is patently offensive and stereotypes Jews as an “other” which incites further acts of discrimination. The fact that such a hate-filled and outdated stereotype reemerged at Harvard Law School is nothing short of revolting.”)

    February 22, 2016:
    The Jerusalem Post – Harvard student groups lose law firm’s funding over Palestine event

    February 19, 2016:
    The Algemeiner – Harvard Law School Disputes ‘Justice for Palestine’ Account of Controversy Over Donor Funding

    February 16, 2016:
    The Harvard Law Record – HLS Took a Stand for Palestine Programming; Students Must Now Bear the Cost: The Story They Don’t Want You to Hear About What Happened to Milbank Funding

    November 23, 2015:
    The Times of Israel – The Ivy League’s Israel Problem
    (Description note, “Things aren’t any more even-handed at Harvard University. The syllabus for the course entitled “The Arab-Israeli Conflict” includes an outline of the conflict that explains why the professor selected Charles Smith, who has repeatedly blamed President Bill Clinton and the Israeli leadership for the failure of the 2000 Camp David peace talks, as the author of the course’s textbook. As part of her outline, the professor identifies what she calls four “watershed moments” in the history of the conflict. While the professor names the less deadly First Intifada as one of her watershed moments, she whitewashes the Second Intifada and the associated suicide bombings, describing watershed moment number four as “the event-laden years at the beginning of the new millennium.” This Orwellian censorship of history unfortunately is all too common in academic circles.”)

    October 23, 2015: The Harvard Crimson – A Die-in for More Human Discourse at Harvard
    (Description note, “The die-in represented and remembered those who died in last summer’s offensive in which Gedalia Gillis was a commanding officer. Our members and supporters laid down on the sidewalk outside of Hillel, leaving room for people to enter and exit Hillel as well as pass by, while one of us read out the names of those who died in Gaza. Others of us distributed the letters to passersby and Hillel community members explaining our position and the purpose of our event. Hillel leaders and members may contend that Gillis was the sibling of one of their members, that we may have been able to attend the event and engage in a discussion with Gillis, but to do so would have been to take part in a discourse that normalizes our vulnerability and disadvantage with the mask of “dialogue.” We believe that by respectfully expressing a dissenting perspective outside of Hillel, our die-in created a dialogue that could take place, and in fact did take place, on a more even playing field. Multiple students supportive and unsupportive of the event stopped to partake in a discussion with us, which we gratefully engaged in.”)

    October 20, 2015: EVENT – The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack

    October 18, 2015: The Daily Princetonian – News & Notes: Harvard students stage protest during speech by Israeli military officer

    October 16, 2015: The Harvard Crimson – Students Host ‘Die-In’ Outside of Hillel, Protesting Speaker
    (Description note, “A group of about 15 students staged a “die-in” in front of Harvard Hillel on Thursday night, protesting an event inside the building that featured Gedalia Gillis, an officer in the Israeli military….Jonah C. Steinberg, the executive director of Hillel, also said he was troubled by students lying in front of the building. “I respect a student’s right to their individual opinions and to expressing them. I’m sad because this is the first time in my five years at Harvard that I have seen an effort to interfere with the event of another organization,” Steinberg said.”)

    April 23, 2015: EVENT – On Being Arab in a Jewish State: A Discussion by Haneen Zoabi

    March 25, 2015: The Harvard Crimson – Retrospection: President Lowell’s Quotas (Description note, “Lowell even attempted to establish a direct quota on Jewish students, who comprised more than 20 percent of the total undergraduate population in 1922. Lowell justified his quota by suggesting that limiting the Jewish population would help eliminate anti-Semitism. “The antiSemitic feeling among students is increasing, and it grows in proportion to the increase in the number of Jews,” Lowell wrote in a 1922 letter to the Class of 1900’s Alfred A. Benesch. “If [the] number [of Jews] should become 40 percent of the student body, the race feeling would become intense. If every college in the country would take a limited proportion of Jews, I suspect we should go a long way toward eliminating race feeling among students.”)

    March 3, 2015: Bibi Netanyahu’s one way street – Description note: In a paper titled “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” (2006), University of Chicago Professor of Political Science John Mearsheimer and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Professor Stephen Walt, both respected voices in the study of international relations, argue that the “extraordinary generosity” of the United States “might be understandable if Israel were a vital strategic asset or if there were a compelling moral case for sustained U.S. backing. But neither rationale is convincing.”… evidence of Israel’s being a liability, not a help….  “Saying that Israel and the United States are united by a shared terrorist threat has the causal relationship backwards,” they write. “Rather, the United States has a terrorism problem in good part because it is so closely allied with Israel, not the other way around.

    February 25, 2015: The Jewish Daily Forward – Harvard Hillel Hosts BDS Supporter for Panel in Apparent Break With Policy

    February 8, 2015: Boston Herald – Darst: Fighting academia’s anti-Semitism

    February 2, 2015: The Harvard Crimson – Summers Warns Against Appearance of Anti-Israel Bias at Harvard

    February 2, 2015: The Harvard Crimson – Harvard, Israel, and Academic Freedom

    January 2, 2015: Heritage Florida Jewish News – Harvard president probes HUDS move to stop purchases from Israel’s SodaStream

    January 2, 2015: The Jewish Advocate – College capers

    December 31, 2014: The Jewish Voice – Harvard U President Rejects Anti-Israel Boycott on Campus

    December 23, 2014: American Thinker – Harvard now loves Israel?

    December 23, 2014: Fox News – Harvard students’ SodaStream ban fizzles after president steps in

    December 23, 2014: Minding the Campus – Steven Pinker on the Boycott Israel Dispute at Harvard

    December 23, 2014: The Washington Free Beacon – Pro-Israel Groups Ship SodaStream to Harvard Leaders Following Ban

    December 23, 2014: Daily Mail – Harvard backpedals on controversial decision to cut ties with Israeli company SodaStream after pro-Palestinian protest

    December 22, 2014: Canada Free Press – Harvard Capitulates to Anti-Semitism

    December 22, 2014: The Tower – Harvard Reverses Position on SodaStream Boycott; Says Action was “Mistaken”

    December 22, 2014: The Washington Post – With SodaStream, Israeli settlement fight comes to Harvard dining halls

    December 22, 2014: The Times of Israel – Harvard caterer: Politics affected SodaStream boycott decision

    December 20, 2014: Scholars for Peace in the Middle East – Harvard’s President Stops an anti-Israel Boycott 

    December 19, 2014: Shalom Life – Harvard President Not Sold on BDS

    December 19, 2014: Powerline – Pinker Steps Up Against Harvard Anti-Israel BDS

    December 19, 2014: The Washington Times – Harvard’s SodaStream products pulled by dining hall after ‘microaggression’ worries

    December 19, 2014: The Jerusalem Post – Harvard’s president stops an anti-Israel boycott against SodaStream

    December 19, 2014: The Times of Israel – Harvard president asks for probe into SodaStream boycott (Description note: “Drew Faust asked for an investigation into the decision…’Harvard University’s procurement decisions should not and will not be driven by individuals’ views of highly contested matters of political controversy,” [Provost] Garber wrote in an email statement to the Crimson late Wednesday night. “If this policy is not currently known or understood in some parts of the university, that will be rectified now’”)

    December 19, 2014: Inside Higher Ed – Harvard Disavows Decision to Boycott Israeli Company

    December 18, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – University To Investigate Dining Services Decision To Suspend Purchases from Israeli Company

    December 18, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – The Case Against Boycotting SodaStream

    December 18, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – Why We Called for Boycotting an Israeli Soda Company

    December 18, 2014: National Review Online – Harvard to Stop Buying SodaStream Machines Because They’re a ‘Microaggression’ 

    December 18, 2014: Kosher Press – Harvard Will Investigate, But Will it Reverse SodaStream Boycott?

    December 18, 2014: Start-Up Israel – Harvard University caterer stops buying Sodastream

    December 18, 2014: The Jewish Press – Harvard Boycotts SodaStream (Despite Company’s Surrender)

    December 18, 2014: The Jewish Daily Forward – Harvard Stops Buying SodaStream Amid Protests

    December 17, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – Dining Services ‘Mistakenly’ Factored Politics into SodaStream Decision, Spokesperson Says

    December 17, 2014: JNS – Harvard suspends purchases from SodaStream after anti-Israel pressure

    December 17, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law writes to Harvard President Faust to ask that he quickly take action to reverse this anti-Israel boycott

    December 17, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – HUDS Suspends Purchases from Israeli Soda Company

    December 17, 2014: Truth Revolt – Harvard University Dining Services Boycotts Israeli Company

    November 26, 2014: A panel was held during Harvard Arab Weekend entitled, “The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement: Accomplishments, Tactics, and Lessons.”

    November 26, 2014: EVENT – Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism (Description: “Arab Week”, Nov 17-22, 2014, Pro-BDS speakers)

    November 18, 2014: The Harvard Crimson – Reckless Sponsorship of Anti-Israelism

    October 30, 2014: The Jerusalem Post – As I See It: The academic intifada

    October 15, 2014: The Algemeiner – Why is Congress Funding Biased Reports on the Middle East?

    October 15, 2014: The Jewish Voice – Series of Lectures on Anti-Semitism to be Presented at Prestigious Universities

    July 17, 2014: American Thinker – Rampant Anti-Semitism Is Flourishing across the World

    July 16, 2014: Legal Insurrection – Expecting anti-Israel violence on campuses this fall

    May 16, 2014: Haaretz – Rebel Jewish student movement to hold first national conference

    December 20, 2013: Statement on ASA Resolution

    November 25, 2013: The Chronicle of Higher Education – Harvard Students’ Journal Apologizes for Essay on Jews and Jesus

     

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    Source Credit: A group of students stage a “die-in” in front of Harvard Hillel (October 15, 2015)

    Source Credit: A group of students stage a “die-in” in front of Harvard Hillel (October 15, 2015)


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    BDS Instigators: Student & Faculty


    STUDENT BDS

    Student Group(s) Promoting BDS: 2
    Harvard College Palestine Solidarity
    Alliance for Justice in the Middle East

    FACULTY BDS

    Number of Faculty Endorsing the Academic Boycott of Israel: 22

    1. Asad Ahmed
    2. Nosheen Ali
    3. Kevin Caffrey
    4. Steven Caton
    5. Courtney Cazden
    6. Jean Comaroff
    7. John Comaroff
    8. Rowan Flad
    9. Susan Greenhalgh
    10. Michael Jackson
    11. Ousmane Kane
    12. C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky
    13. Roger Owen
    14. Alice Rothchild
    15. Sara Roy
    16. Hajirah Saeed
    17. Mary Steedly
    18. Ajantha Subramanian
    19. Lucien Taylor
    20. Gary Urton
    21. Anand Vaidya
    22. Patrick Wolfe

     


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