Tzipi Livni called 'smelly' at Harvard

A student asked the former FM “How is it that you are so smelly?... Very smelly, and I was wondering."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 20, 2016 10:59
Tzipi Livni

Tzipi Livni. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
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At an event run by Harvard’s Program on Negotiation last Thursday, current Zionist Union MK and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni was confronted with an unusual, but nonetheless noxious question from a Harvard Law School student in attendance.

In a panel section of the event, co-sponsored by the Jewish Law Students Association and Harvard Hillel, the student asked Livni: “How is it that you are so smelly?"

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When his pungent question only elicited curious looks, he clarified: "Oh, it's a question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, very smelly, and I was just wondering.”


Harking back to the old anti-Semitic trope of the "smelly Jew" was roundly condemned in the Harvard Law Record on Tuesday.

"Anti-Semitism is still very real today, and it just showed itself in our community at Harvard Law School," read the editorial. "The idea that Jews can be identified by a malodor is patently offensive and stereotypes Jews as an 'other' which incites further acts of discrimination."


The video coverage for the Q&A section of the event has not been released, but the unnamed student is thought to be the president of a student organization on campus.

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