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Harvard Hosts Anti-Jewish Speaker With Ties to Hamas

A professor who appeared beside a top Hamas leader was due to speak on “genocide” at Harvard Monday — the same day as a deadline for the university to finally comply with a congressional subpoena demanding answers on antisemitism.

Noura Erakat, an associate professor of Africana studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey, was scheduled to speak on “We Charge Genocide; The Potential and Limits of International Law,” at the school’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies — after months of making anti-Israeli speeches.

The lecture by the controversial academic, who is also a human rights attorney, came amid mounting accusations that Harvard has failed to tackle antisemitism on its campus in the wake of the Hamas massacre of hundreds of innocent Israelis on October 7.

And the speech was scheduled just as Harvard hits a deadline to hand over documents demanded by the House Education Committee as it probes antisemitism on campus.

Harvard had already been granted an extension to cooperate with the probe, formally launched after a December hearing in which its then-president Claudine Gay said that whether calling for the genocide of Israelis broke Harvard’s policies depended on “context.”

But Erakat’s speech appears likely to inflame tensions. From the beginning of the Hamas atrocities committed against Israelis, Erakat has blamed Israel alone for the violence.

“Any condemnation of violence is vapid if it does not begin & end with a condemnation of Israeli apartheid, settler colonialism, and occupation,” Erakat posted on X to her more than 176,000 followers on Oct. 7.

A few days later, on Oct. 16, she tweeted to President Biden “…@POTUS repeated the lie about beheaded [Israeli] babies [by Hamas], directed US diplomatic corps to avoid calls for ceasefire [between Israel and Hamas], & backs Israel’s genocidal warfare [in Gaza]…”

In 2020, she participated in an online workshop along with senior Hamas leader Ghazi Hamad that was hosted by Palestinian nonprofit the Masarat Center, according to a post advertising the event.

A spokesman for Harvard did not return an email requesting comment. Erakat could not be reached for comment Monday.

An antisemitism watchdog group condemned Harvard for allowing Erakat on campus.

“Harvard hosting Noura Erakat is yet another example of a former great institution’s failure to stand up to antisemitism,” a spokesman for Canary Mission told The Post.

“In addition to a host of antisemitic incidents in her own right, Erakat demonstrates the lack of sincerity from Harvard’s administration in rooting out antisemitism.”

A spokesman for Harvard did not return an email requesting comment. Erakat could not be reached for comment Monday.

An antisemitism watchdog group condemned Harvard for allowing Erakat on campus.

“Harvard hosting Noura Erakat is yet another example of a former great institution’s failure to stand up to antisemitism,” a spokesman for Canary Mission told The Post.

“In addition to a host of antisemitic incidents in her own right, Erakat demonstrates the lack of sincerity from Harvard’s administration in rooting out antisemitism.”

https://nypost.com/2024/03/04/us-news/pro-hamass-prof-genocide-lecture-at-harvard/