Dershowitz: ‘The Harvard Crimson’ must immediately stop using Harvard’s name

The Harvard Crimson newspaper endorsed Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) and the Harvard chapter of the Palestine Solidarity Committee.

A seal hangs over a building at Harvard University  (photo credit: Reuters)
A seal hangs over a building at Harvard University
(photo credit: Reuters)

The Harvard Crimson must immediately stop using Harvard’s name, Harvard University law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz told 70 alumni at the Harvard Club last Wednesday.

Dershowitz and dozens of other Harvard graduates convened an urgent Zoom meeting following the student newspaper’s endorsement of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the Harvard chapter of the Palestine Solidarity Committee, a Harvard student organization that supports Hamas.

“Harvard is a microcosm of the unprecedented rise of antisemitism spreading across North American university campuses,” Dershowitz said.

Israeli Harvard alumnus Dan Diker, a Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs researcher and former World Jewish Congress secretary-general, said the Palestine Solidarity Committee and BDS were both jihadi-affiliated organizations.

He told the Zoom meeting they deceptively hide behind advertised principles of justice, equality and peace but call for the elimination of Israel through a chant at Harvard and 225 other university campuses across North America: “From the river to sea Palestine will be free.”

Harvard University (credit: CHENSIYUAN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)Harvard University (credit: CHENSIYUAN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

“Both BDS and PSC agendas drive an ideological war, seeking the annihilation of sovereign Jews in Israel in the name of human rights,” Diker said.

Harvard Club of Israel president Sagi Melamed said, “The Harvard Club of Israel serves as a bridge between the Harvard community and Israel. We care about Israel and also about Harvard. An anti-Zionist and antisemitic campus environment is first and foremost bad for Harvard.”