Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the last few days, you’ve almost certainly come across the name Husam El Qoulaq, the rabidly anti-Israeli, third-year Harvard Law School student who hurled an anti-Semitic trope at an Israeli parliamentarian during a question and answer session. What most of you may not be familiar with is the Orwellian-like hypocrisy employed by Harvard Law School to protect the identities of anti-Semitic agitators while at the same time utilizing all tools at their disposal to unmask the identities of bloggers, whose only crime was to expose a hoax committed by self-proclaimed “social justice warriors.”
On April 14, Husam El Qoulaq, whose name is also spelled El-Coolaq and El-Quolaq, asked Israel’s former minister of justice and current co-leader of the Zionist Union party, Tzipy Livni, why she was a “smelly” Jew. He went on to inquire about her “odor” and again referred to her as “very smelly.” The stereotype of the Jew as smelly or filthy is as old and banal as anti-Semitism itself and was also employed by the Nazis as a means to further demean and denigrate the Jewish people. His antics were performed in a packed hall filled with fellow Harvard colleagues. Also present and sitting beside Livni was U.S. diplomat Dennis Ross and Harvard Law professor, Robert Mnookin.
El Qoulaq represents the modern face of campus hate and fascism and embodies all that is wrong with the present state of academia. He is a leader in the hate group, Students for Justice in Palestine and a supporter of the Irvine 11, the group of hooligans and convicted criminals who, in 2010, disrupted a talk given by Israel’s then ambassador, Michael Oren. He is also a defender of Steven Salaita, the disgraced Judeophobic “academic” who was given the boot by the University of Illinois for posting rabidly anti-Semitic rants on Twitter.
El Qoulaq’a April 14 antics were unsurprising given his sordid past and current BDS-SJP affiliations. What is in fact surprising is the length to which Harvard Law School went to protect his identity, shielding it from any form of well-deserved scrutiny. HLS condemned his comments but then inexplicably censored that portion of the video featuring the disgraceful exchange. What’s more, the Harvard Law Record, a student newspaper, joined in this despicable charade, violating basic norms of journalistic integrity. They even went so far as to allow El Qoulaq to submit an anonymous and rather insincere “apology.”
The question on the minds of most rational thinking people is how Harvard Law School would have acted if such a hateful comment were directed at an African American dignitary. Of course, that is a rhetorical question. There would have been an indignant outcry with the culprit publicly shamed, humiliated and disciplined and rightfully so. Xenophobia and racism have no place in institutions of higher learning but at Harvard (as well as other institutions) there is an apparent exception for those who hurl vitriol at Jews.
Now contrast Harvard’s actions when dealing with anonymous Harvard bloggers who used satire, wit and humor to expose the shenanigans of Harvard’s radical left. A group of moderate students, sickened by what they rightfully perceived as the hijacking of their school, started a blog known as the Royall Asses, which mocked bizarre efforts by radical leftist students, with lots of spare time of their hands, to turn the university on its head.
To their credit, the bloggers exposed an alleged “hate crime” committed at Harvard as a hoax that was almost certainly perpetrated by leftist agitators. They also employed satire and jocularity to shame student radicals and expose their abject hypocrisy. This proved to be too much to bear for the leftists and their useful idiot allies within the administration. Emails obtained by the bloggers show that the leftists contemplated using the FBI to probe them under the false guise that the bloggers issued threats and that the leftists felt threatened and unsafe.
Another email, even more pernicious than the first, exposes the link between the radicals and high-level Harvard officials. The email details a meeting held between the radicals and administrators and alleges that top Harvard officials vowed to utilize their information technology resources as well as campus police to uncover the identities of the bloggers.
It cannot be overstated that not a single blog post was threatening or menacing and not a single post used pejoratives toward minorities or otherwise denigrated them. Yet the according to the email, the university either employed or contemplated employing Mukhabarat-like tactics to track down a humorous blog dedicated to exposing xenophobic hypocrisy. Looks like the folks at Harvard have been getting tips at suppressing legitimate dissent from Turkey’s Erdogan.
Harvard Law School has chosen to zealously guard the identity of a miscreant like Husam El Qoulaq while contemporaneously expending resources on tracking “enemies of the state” whose sole transgression appears to be employing humor to combat politically correct tyranny. It is indeed a sad reflection on Harvard Law School and the morally bankrupted values held by its top echelon.