After the savage attack on Israel by terrorists from Hamas, students and faculty at Harvard released a tone-deaf, brainless exhortation in support of the Palestinians who had just murdered, raped, and pillaged their way across Israel’s southern border. Israel itself has the look of a country that is now more determined than ever to survive, but Harvard is being crippled by its failure to rein in the radicals among its ranks. M.J. Koch reports in The NY Sun:
Twelve days since members of Hamas murdered more than 1,000 Israelis, Harvard is in a full-blown crisis over student support for the terrorist attack and the university president’s repeated failure to issue a full-throated condemnation of the slaughter.
Top benefactors are pulling their support, Jewish students are denouncing their school, and, as one Harvard student put it, “a crisis of conviction” has consumed the campus amid Harvard’s fall from moral grace.
“The leadership of Harvard have proven they have lost their moral compass,” Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, said Monday in a statement unusual for criticizing an American institution’s actions on American soil. “Not only do they allow Jew-hatred and pro-terror rhetoric to permeate their campus, but they cannot bring themselves to immediately condemn terrorism.”
Mr. Erdan’s critique follows the Wexner Group’s decision to cut ties with Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, one of the latest instances of a major donor condemning Harvard’s president, Claudine Gay, for her halfhearted response to a letter from student groups blaming Israel for the massacre by Hamas. Last week, an Israeli businessman, Idan Ofer, and his wife, who previously gave $20 million to the Kennedy school, announced they would quit its board.
Mr. Erdan’s statements came as the nation’s oldest university has become convulsed by controversy over numerous indications that large parts of its community not only oppose Israel but also support the atrocities committed by Hamas.
Three student leaders from the Kennedy school’s undergraduate Institute of Politics have resigned over the refusal of the Kennedy school’s student advisory committee to publicly condemn Hamas’s attacks. “Condemning the slaughter of innocents is not political,” students Ryan Tierney, Robert Fogel, and Theo Harper wrote in a statement published through the campus debate center, the Harvard Political Union. “It is a human obligation.”
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