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Rabbi Wolpe: 'Harvard Has an Antisemitism Problem'

By    |   Thursday, 26 October 2023 04:24 PM EDT

Visiting scholar Rabbi David Wolpe, affiliated with Harvard Divinity School, has leveled serious allegations against Harvard University, asserting that it has an "antisemitism problem" in a recent video statement.

This allegation came amid heightened tensions following recent terrorist attacks by Hamas on Israeli civilians. After the attacks, many student organizations at Harvard issued a joint statement, placing the blame for the violence squarely on Israel, which drew criticism from various quarters.

Harvard student groups recently said they "hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence" following the Hamas invasion, reported the Crimson.

The statement, initiated by the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee and co-signed by 33 other Harvard student organizations, triggered criticism from federal lawmakers, University professors, and fellow students.

"I have a lot of criticisms of Israeli policies, but everyone who signed this statement is condoning terrorism, rape, and murder," Harvard Computer Science professor Boaz Barak posted on X.

Former University President Lawrence H. Summers called the joint statement "morally unconscionable" in a post on X. He added, "In nearly 50 years of @Harvard affiliation, I have never been as disillusioned and alienated as I am today."

Wolpe expressed that this issue is not unique to Harvard but is shared by other institutions, including his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington, and Columbia.

He emphasized the importance of not abandoning these universities, given their positive contributions to society in terms of innovation, critical thinking, and leadership.

Wolpe also stressed the significance of addressing antisemitism both "publicly and privately," expressing hope that progress can be made. He underlined the severity of the problem, stating, "The problem is real, and it is not small."

He concluded his statement with a poignant reflection on the situation, saying, "How ironic it would be and how tragic if the people of the book cannot be safe in the place with all the books."

The allegations of an "antisemitism problem" at Harvard University have sparked a debate within the academic community, highlighting the challenges universities face when addressing complex geopolitical issues and their impact on campus climate.

Harvard's response to this situation has been to establish a task force aimed at providing support to the students associated with the contentious statement, according to Mediaite.

Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas is a writer based in Indiana. He holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a law degree from U.I.C. Law School, and has practiced law for more than 20 years.

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