A Harvard scholar seems to have a tenuous relationship with the truth, comparing Israel to ISIS and suggesting Palestinian kids get shot simply for living and going to school.
Rami Khouri is a Middle East Initiative senior fellow for Harvard’s Belfer Center. He has suggested that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham “paying allegiance to Israel mirrors Islamist radicals paying allegiance to ISIS.”
He also said “in the eyes of Zionism, Palestinian kids are VERY provocative, simply by living & going to school in Palestine; so they get shot.” Israelis shoot Palestinian kids just for living and going to school? Furthermore, the scholar neglected to mention that Palestinian parents sometimes encourage their kids to throw rocks at Israeli soldiers.
Khouri has also made conflicting statements about Israel’s legitimacy, saying it’s important to distinguish between pre-1967 and post-1967 Israel just three days after saying “Israeli colonialists” had seven decades of US support. So which is it? Israel was legitimate pre-1967 or never legitimate — which Khouri insinuates when he states that Israelis have been colonizers since the Jewish State’s founding in 1948.
Not surprisingly, the scholar also has very strong opinions about how President Trump vowed to eradicate terrorism. He thinks Trump is pandering to “Islamophobes” and “racists” with his focus on terrorism.
Campus Unmasked reached out to Khouri for comment, but received none in time for press. But we understand; formulating propaganda is very time-consuming work.
Black Frat And Sorority Exempt From Harvard’s Sanctions
Fraternities and sororities at Harvard University have been shutting down and going co-ed because of a new policy that strips students belonging to single-gender groups of their ability to get faculty recommendations for prestigious scholarships and their ability to apply for campus leadership positions. But there are still two single-gender groups that Harvard students can join without getting punished.
Those are sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha and fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha, according to The Harvard Crimson. These organizations, while open respectively to women and men of any race, consist largely of black women and men.
Now, here’s the catch: it’s not that Harvard is discriminating in favor of blacks. The school might actually be discriminating against Asians, but that’s something we’ll get to in a moment. No, Harvard told me that the sanctions “are not applicable in this case because the groups are not comprised primarily of Harvard College students.”
You see, the two Greek organizations span multiple colleges. Alpha Kappa Alpha includes Harvard, Wellesley, and MIT students, whereas Alpha Phi Alpha is open to Harvard, Tufts, and MIT students. Still, that doesn’t seem very fair…it should be either everyone gets freedom of association without consequences or no one, right?
But this isn’t the only confusing action that cultural Marxism has caused Harvard to take. As I alluded to earlier, the school rescinded admission offers for ten students who, in a private Facebook group, shared pictures and messages that Harvard deemed offensive. The school’s also in hot water for allegedly discriminating against Asian American applicants on the basis of their personality.
That case will go to court in less than a couple of weeks, so stay tuned.
Harvard Clamps Down On Free Association
This month, Delta Gamma became the first single-gender group at Harvard to close because of the school’s new rules prohibiting students in single-gender groups from holding office in recognized student groups, receiving Harvard’s endorsement for prestigious accolades like the Rhodes Scholarship, or even captaining varsity athletic teams at the school, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Delta Gamma’s national president Wilma Johnson Wilbanks said:
“We respect the chapter’s decision and understand that the University’s sanctions resulted in an environment in which Delta Gamma could not thrive. We sincerely hope this changes in the future.”
So why penalize students who join single-gender groups in the first place? Well, Harvard spokeswoman Rachael Dane said:
“Harvard College seeks to build a community in which every student can thrive, and it does so on the foundation of a set of shared values including belonging, inclusion, and non-discrimination.”
OK so this is super-ironic coming from Harvard, one of the most discriminatory and exclusionary institutions probably on the face of the planet. And it’s that LACK of inclusion that makes it so distinguished. It wouldn’t exactly be Harvard anymore if they, let’s say, diversified their admission process by picking an equal number of people with 2.0 GPAs as 4.0 GPAs, now would it? Actually, that might be exactly what the school is doing if it is, in fact, discriminating against Asian Americans, which I guess we’ll find out in October.
Listen, frat and sorority members do get access to advantages like exclusive parties and an exclusive networking pool for jobs after college, but this holds for people from any group. You might be able to outlaw meetups featuring the annoying little Greek letters, Harvard, but hopefully, hopefully you and the media, Hollywood, and all of the other progressive institutions won’t be able to stop people with similar interests from coming together.
Harvard Official Apologizes After Affordable Housing Insult
Theresa Lund, executive director of Harvard University’s Humanitarian Institute complained because her children were trying to sleep and the daughter of Alyson Laliberte, a neighboring mother, was apparently making too much noise, reported The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Lund asked whether Laliberte lived in Harvard housing, or an “affordable apartment.”
As long as it’s a public area, there’s really nothing Theresa can do. I think the layout here is probably Harvard housing off to one side, affordable apartments off to another with a common space in between that residents from both areas can use. And to be honest, Theresa, a couple dozen yards isn’t going to make much of a difference.
So after getting called racist by Alyson, the Harvard employee apologized Monday, saying her response was “inappropriate and wrong” and that “This clearly wasn’t my best moment, and I have work to do to more consistently be my best self.”
So if Alyson DID actually live in the cheaper housing, this seems like a case of coastal elites who virtue signal about how much they love the less fortunate to get their votes, but when it comes time to actually live with them? I mean, can you imagine if we actually took in all of those refugees and put a few of them in Theresa’s neighborhood? Something tells me she wouldn’t be too pleased.
But let’s take a step back and look at the bigger picture, which is: what the heck is going on with Harvard? Now, if you join a frat or sorority at the school, you will be prohibited from applying for prestigious scholarships and holding leadership positions on campus. The school also requires faculty and students to take an online sexual harassment module because, you know, teaching people how not to rape or make sexist jokes totally works. Looming over all of this, of course, is the possibility that Harvard is discriminating against Asian American applicants. Stay tuned when that lawsuit hits the court in October.
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