Harvard’s Academic Pogrom

Steven Plaut is a native Philadelphian who teaches business finance and economics at the University of Haifa in Israel.  He holds a PhD in economics from Princeton.  He is author of the David Horowitz Freedom Center booklets about the Hamas  and Jewish Enablers of the War against Israel.


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Walt and Mearsheimer are widely seen as open anti-Semites, churning out conspiratorial tripe no better than what the “9/11 truther” nuts produce. The Anti-Defamation League dismisses them as anti-Semitic cranks, adding: “Mearsheimer and Walt start by blaming Israel for everything in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Once establishing Israel’s consistent guilt, from the creation of the state to present day, they then move to asserting that the ‘Israel lobby’ (which is loosely and inconsistently defined) in the United States uses every device and method of pressure politics to stifle criticism of Israel and to ensure America’s pro-Israel policy, against America’s true interests and to serve the interests of the Jewish state.”

The Harvard conference will also feature a number of obscure pseudo-academics, whose inclusion is evidently entirely due to their being Jewish anti-Semites. One of these speakers will be Marc H. Ellis, on the faculty at Baylor University. Ellis is someone considered by himself to be a Jewish theologian and thinker, and by himself alone. No one else in the world seems to consider his “philosophical” salad of Marxism and the quest for the annihilation of Israel to be Jewish theology. Well, no one besides the racist Reverend Jeremiah Wright, at least (Wright just adores Ellis). Ellis is basically a clone of Norman Finkelstein, but – unlike Finkelstein – was never dismissed by his own university for being a fraud. Ellis pretends to be something of a “Holocaust theologian,” but the only lesson he has managed to extract from the Holocaust is that it is necessary now to conduct a second Holocaust to rid the world of Israel.

Ellis thinks that the legacy of the Holocaust ought to be that it is the Jews’ duty to denounce Israel unambiguously and to support the demands and agenda of the Palestinian terrorists. He denounces all Jewish denominations and all rabbinic institutions for their failures to endorse Palestinian violence unreservedly. He is as hostile to the Jews of America as he is to those of Israel: “We as Jews come after the Holocaust, but we also come after the illusory promises of Israel and America. And we cannot find our way alone, only with others who realize that the promises they have been handed are also illusory.”

An even more obscure “academic” to be featured at the Harvard pogrom is one Dalit Baum, a mouth-foaming hater of Israel who teaches “gender studies” as an adjunct at my own school, the University of Haifa. She holds a degree in math, and spends her days in quest of being the planet’s leading lesbian for jihad. When she is not leading “dyke marches” (her term), Baum lectures to college students against the state of Israel and its right to defend itself. She pretends to be a victim of societal oppression against homosexuals and women, although the fact that she holds a job in a sociology department without having any degree in sociology better illustrates the nature of her so-called persecution. Baum created an organization of anti-Semitic lesbians calling itself Black Laundry, which meets in gay bars in Israel. Black Laundry members, of course, never convene in the areas controlled by the Hamas or Palestinian Authority to protest “oppression” of homosexuals. We can presume why.

Timothy McCarthy, an adjunct lecturer at Harvard and a self-proclaimed expert on “gender studies” and “human rights,” will be joining Baum. He will be explaining why the best way to achieve gender equality and human rights in the Middle East is to annihilate the only country in which they exist.

Other speakers at the “Nuremberg Rally off Harvard Square” will include anti-Semitic journalists, a gaggle of anti-Israel sociologists, law professors who define human rights in such a way that Arabs have a human right to murder Jews, but Jews have no human right to defend themselves, and even one liberation theology pseudo-rabbi. What they all have in common is their desire to see Israel exterminated. In what passes for academic pluralism and diversity these days, the Harvard conference will not have even a single speaker who thinks that Israel has the right to exist and the right to defend itself.

Harvard University has a bit of a history when it comes to coddling Nazis. In the 1930s, it was one of the American universities reluctant to hire Jewish and other refugees fleeing Nazi Germany. According to “The Third Reich in the Ivory Tower,” by Stephen H. Norwood (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Harvard University stood out above the rest in its moral failure and in its collaboration with Nazism. Many of the faculty members at Harvard were openly anti-Semitic, including Harvard’s president James Bryant Conant. Later, after the war, Conant served as US Ambassador to Germany and worked feverishly to get Nazi war criminals paroled and hired. He lobbied for appointments of Nazis to various public posts in Europe and at the United Nations.

Harvard’s law school dean, Roscoe Pound, was openly sympathetic to Hitler, vacationed in Germany and attended anti-Semitic events there. Harvard history professor William L. Langer strongly defended Hitler’s reoccupation and remilitarization of the Rhineland, which was the first step in launching World War II. More generally he served as a sort of academic apologist for the Nazis. The Nazi Professor Friedrich Schoenemann had taught at Harvard during and after World War I. During the 1930s, when he was at the University of Berlin, he went on a speaking tour of American campuses in 1933 to great acclaim, where his talks were titled “Why I Believe in the Hitler Government.”

Harvard went out of its way to host and celebrate Nazi leaders during the 1930s. The high Nazi official Ernst (Putzi) Hanfstaengl was invited as the Harvard commencement speaker in 1934. The wealthy Hanfstaengl had been one of Hitler’s earliest and most important backers. He was on record insisting “the Jews must be crushed,” and describing Jews as “the vampire sucking German blood.” Hanfstaengl was invited by a Harvard medical professor to serve as the honored speaker in the Harvard commencement ceremony and class reunion of 1934 and used the occasion for anti-Semitic incitement. He openly advocated the mass arrest or worse of German Jews. The student paper, the Harvard Crimson, defended Hanfstaengl. Harvard called in the Boston police to arrest Jews and others protesting the visit, and they were charged with “illegally displaying signs.” When Hanfstaengl returned to Germany from Harvard, he was personally welcomed by Hitler.

So the “Destroy Israel Conference,” AKA the “Nuremberg Rally near the Charles River,” is simply upholding a proud Cambridge Ivy heritage.

The “one-state solution” as promoted by the Harvard pseudo-academic pogromchiki should really be called the Final Solution.

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  • Jeff

    Call them the Jihad Jerkoffs

  • guest

    the oil lobby is the most powerful one I know of

  • Judy

    I wonder whether the reason Nazi Mormie Finkelstein is suddenly opposed to BDS is that he hopes that by posturing such, he might get some sort of job offer from somewhere or perhaps succeed in getting his first date in his life.

  • clarespark

    I was interested in the name of William Langer, for he wrote the afterward to a book by his brother Walter, described here: http://clarespark.com/2009/12/13/klara-hitlers-so…. "Klara Hitler's Son and Jewish Blood." But see also this series that documents how progressives adopted Nazi or German sykewar methods for the use of the U.S. military and civilian organizations: http://clarespark.com/2010/04/18/links-to-nazi-sy…. Some of the most esteemed of progressivism advocated these methods.

  • Colony14Author

    The list of speakers includes Ali Abunimah. As noted in The Obama Timeline, Abunimah, a long-time friend of Obama, serves on the board of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), an anti-Israel group. He introduced Obama when he spoke at a 1999 fundraiser for the Deheisha refugee camp in Israel’s occupied West Bank.

    Abunimah, a co-founder of ElectronicIntifada.net, claims that Jews lied about the Holocaust, writing, “if Zionists could lie about their present and ongoing torment of my (Palestinian) people, usurpation of my homeland and arrogation of my rights, and they do it rather obscenely, couldn’t they likewise lie, equally obscenely, about the holocaust, an event that took place over half a century ago?”

    In July 2008 Obama told Abunimah he could not talk more about the “Palestinian cause” because his primary campaign had “constrained” what he can say. Abunimah told the far-left radio talk show Democracy Now! he has known Obama for many years and that “…he used to attend events in the Palestinian community in Chicago all the time.” Abunimah responded to Obama’s soft support of Israel during the campaign by remarking, “He is merely doing what he thinks is necessary to get elected and he will continue doing it as long as it keeps him in power.”

    Abunimah also wrote that Israel’s days were numbered, and that “It is within reach, in our lifetimes.” With the election of Obama, Abunimah assumed that “…the other pillar of Israeli power—Western support and complicity— is starting to crack. We must do all we can to push it over.”

  • Divrr1230

    How true the old Biblical Proverb:
    "The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of destruction." (Proverb 16 verse 4)
    Blind fools these Jew-haters and those who form plans to destroy the blessed people of the Promise.
    The more I read about these highly regarded perverted souls and their Jew-hating agendas, the more the words of Almighty God ring in my soul in regards to His beloved people the Jews:
    "I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12 verse 3)

  • aspacia

    I fear we may be facing another Holocaust.

    • pyeatte

      I don't think we will, but if it happens, Israel will not go down without taking the muslim world with it.

  • א ביסל שכל

    Regarding Marc Ellis, I wonder if he is in fact Jewish. I don't believe that his parents were Jewish. Yes, his title at Baylor University is "Professor of Jewish Studies," but his entry on Wikipedia also indicates that he was "a member of the Catholic Workers Movement in 1974-1975." There it is also indicated that he "became a faculty member at the Maryknoll School of Theology in Maryknoll, New York," a not-very-Jewish sort of a position. Nothing in his bio indicates that he is Jewish.

    I don't think he is Jewish at all – from what I can determine, he is the child of American Christians – he grew up in the 1950s, a time when open antisemitism was still a common occurrence in American life – he probably grew up in a home of that kind. (sadly, thanks to SOBs like him, and the left in general, Jew-hatred is coming back to America.) Coming of age in the 1960s he rebelled against his parents, including the antisemitic environment of his home, perhaps even going through a period of philosemitic curiosity, but certainly infused with "leftist theology." That initial leftist theological philosemitic curiosity gradually morphed into the criticism, and ultimately, full-blown hatred of Israel and hatred of Jews.

    To repeat , nothing in his resume or biography indicated that he is in fact Jewish. Much more likely, he enjoys the fact that people, including Jewish people, ASSUME that he is Jewish. He seems actually to be masquerading as a Jew, but he is a person determined to spread hatred of Jews as much as he can. That is his mission.

  • Marty

    I'm happy to report that I have the privilege of teaching on a state-supported campus that has thus far successfully ignored most of the blight of political correctness and multi-culturalism in order to provide students with real educations that will enable them to prosper in and deal with the real world and pursue a rewarding career. Currently, I'm teaching a course on the Israeli-palestinian conflict and get to present the facts and truth. It's a wonderful and redeeming feeling. I pity the students at harvard who are exposed to liars, leftists, appeasers, and anti-semites.

    • alan g

      Where is this college?

  • mrbean

    Harvard is a highly overrated and overpriced artsy-fartsy finishing school for those with enough money to pay the outrageous tuition. There are too many overpaid leftists on the faculty whose publications are trash, and who use the classroom as a forum for indoctrination and not as a platform to cultivate the intellect, The result are the student indoctrinates siding with Palestinian savages who strap on their own women and children and send them out on homicide-suicide missions to murder other innocent Jewish women and children in markets, restuarants, on school buses, and in their homes. The Palestinians in their own words and by their actions are committed to the genocide of the Jewish people and the destruction of Israel.

  • Dan Kelso

    Dont forget as Martin Kramer mentioned on Frontpagemag, Mearsheimer In late 2002 and early 2003, a group of far-out professors of Middle Eastern studies peddled a petition warning that Israel might ethnically cleanse Palestinians under the cover of an Iraq war. "We urge our government to communicate clearly to the government of Israel that the expulsion of people according to race, religion or nationality would constitute crimes against humanity and will not be tolerated." This is what I wrote at the time (December 2002):

    The claim that Israel is plotting the mass explusion of Palestinians is one more lunatic-fringe conspiracy theory, hatched by Palestinian propagandists who want "international protection" as the wage for their two disastrous years of insurrection. Unfortunately for them, Israel has done nothing that constitutes a "crime against humanity," and so Palestinians have had to fabricate one that never happened (Jenin) and cry wolf over another one that won't happen (forced "transfer"). Let me not put too fine a point on it: anyone signing this letter, effectively condemning Israel in advance for something it has no intention of doing, is either an ignoramus or a propagandist.

  • PAthena

    Note that the Arabs who call themselves "Palestinians" are lying. The names "Palestine" and "Palestinians" have been synonymous with "land of the Jews" or "the Holy Land" (since Jesus was a Jew), and "Jew" since the Roman Emperor Hadrian changed the name of Judea to "Palestina" in 135 A.D. after he had defeated that last Jewish rebellion under Bar Kochba. (He also outlawed Judaism and renamed Jerusalem "Aelia Capitolina," his gens name being "Aelius.") That is why Great Britain after World War I was awarded the "Palestine Mandate" to be the "homeland of the Jews."
    In 1964 in Cairo, Nasser of Egypt and the Soviet Union, both haters of Jews, invented the "Palestine Liberation Organization" (P.L.O.) with all the phony history and propaganda that has come from it. (Incidentally, Yasir Arafat was an Egyptian.) The Arabs hate Israel for religious reasons – they hate Jews, and they do not deserve yet another state miscalled "Palestine."

  • pyeatte

    Given the fact that whenever a Koran is accidentally burned or destroyed, the Islamists riot somewhere and kill a bunch of their own – perhaps that is a way to fight them. One burned Koran in South Carolina = 12 dead Islamists in some third world hell hole, minimum – no bombs, ammunition or soldiers needed.

  • http://onestate.info Roger Tucker

    Every once in a while I stumble upon a Jewish Nazi site like this one. You people are so diseased with paranoia and megalomania that you will probably bring about the realization of your worst fears. You will then, once again, like so many times before, cry out that you are innocent "victims." Good luck with that. As there will be no place in this now totally connected world for you to escape to, I suggest you start building space ships. Compass heading: the Schizoid Nebula.

    • Anonymous

      You wrote: "You will then, once again, like so many times before, cry out that you are innocent "victims." "

      Were my relatives not innocent victims when they were burned in Auschwitz, you filthy, stinking pile of walking pig vomit?

    • Poppakap

      I don't think I've ever read anything so reflexively stupid in a long time.

      The article is talking about Nazi sympathizing leftists and jihadists and you, Roger, call the reporting of such as "Jewish Nazi" stuff. Do you realize the imbecility and irony of what you're saying? Apparently not or you wouldn't have written such drivel.

      You have shown yourself to be one of the dumbest trolls to ever post on FPM. Congrats, that's an extraordinarily low hurdle to stumble across.

    • to mothertucker

      Obergruppenfuehrer Tucker, we no longer are defenseless against quasi-human filth like you, and as long as Israel survives, we will never be again.

      Zol dir lign in keyver der eyver, schmuck.

    • http://prosemiteundercover.phpbbnow.com/index.php Andy Lewis

      Phuque off and die, Nazi filth.

  • Roger Tucker

    I hate dem joos because I have such a tiny pecker

    • Western Canadian

      The only honest thing you’ve ever said.

  • Princeton67

    Just one more reason I'm grateful I matriculated at Princeton.

  • Ed Frias

    Plaut is totally correct when he says this.
    The question is why doesn't the Israeli left see this.
    Are they that blind? Read Palmediawatch.
    When the conference organizers and speakers talk about a “one-state solution,” what they mean is a Rwanda solution, a final one, to the “Jewish Problem” of the Middle East. They want Israel annihilated and replaced by a “bi-national” state with an Islamist Arab majority in control. And it does not take a great imagination to understand just how Jews will fare under such a “solution.”