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Holding Harvard's Crimson Accountable

by Stephen Lendman

Harvard's Crimson betrays school's principles.

Harvard's motto is "VERITAS." It's shield and class rings display it. At issue is anti-Palestinian bias. 

Harvard Political Review (HPR) explained. It's separate from Harvard's Crimson . HC's the nation's oldest continuously published college newspaper. It began as a fortnightly. For decades it's been a daily.

It was founded in 1873. Past editors included Franklin Roosevelt and Jack Kennedy. Undergraduates staff it. Some pursue journalism careers.

HPR calls itself "America's preeminent undergraduate journal of politics and public policy." It's "nonpartisan." It's "written and published entirely by Harvard undergraduates." Harvard's Institute of Politics provides help.

On March 10, HPR published a Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) letter. More on that below.

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PSC supports Palestine's liberating struggle. It's non-sectarian. It believes peace depends on guaranteed Palestinian self-determination and equality. 

Its mission statement says they're only possible if Israel's occupation ends, its Separation Wall is dismantled, Israeli Arabs have equal rights as Jews, and Palestinian refugees are assured their legal right of return.

PSC "encourage(s) people of all backgrounds to join the Palestinian struggle and show their solidarity with the Palestinian people."

It headlined " The Crimson's Anti-Palestinian Bias ." Four Harvard students contributed: Lena Awwad, Giacomo Bagarella, Asmaa Rimawi and Hannah Schafer.

Shafer's a rabbi's daughter. She's "deeply offended that the Crimson keeps publishing pieces that label our PSC activism on campus as anti-Semitic."

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She calls doing so "defamatory." Crimson editors "should be ashamed of themselves," she says.

PCS challenges Crimson editorial policy. It silences Palestinian voices. Palestinian students and supporters "feel alienated."

Examples below highlight the issue.

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