Glorifying Israel Shames Harvard
Harvard conference avoids truth.
by Stephen Lendman
Harvard's motto is "VERITAS (truth)." Its shield displays it. So do rings students buy.
It wasn't present at Harvard's April 19 - 20 Israel Conference (IC). Perhaps an invitation wasn't extended.
IC was billed as a "first of its kind on Harvard's campus." Initiated by Israeli students, they "wanted to bring the Israeli spirit to campus the way they see it - as that of a vibrant, innovative and eternally optimistic state."
"VERITAS" was nowhere in sight. Neither was occupation harshness. Exclusion was more than oversight. Expect little change next year at another session. Topics this year were poor ones. Featuring them concealed reality. Guests were worse. More on them below.
In March, Harvard held a One State Conference. Its purpose was to "to educate ourselves and others about the possible contours of a one-state solution and the challenges that stand in the way of its realization."
Speakers worth hearing were featured. They included Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah, and Law Professor Susan Akram. Critics denounced their comments.