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Cornel West on Harvard students blaming Israel: largely right but lacking nuance


“The United States bears some responsibility, there is no doubt about it. And I think Hamas and jihad bear responsibility for the murder of innocent people,” he said. “The Palestinians have the right to defend themselves in the same way that Israel has the right to defend itself. there is no doubt. But neither has the right to kill innocent people.

He added that “the State of Israel has been doing this for 75 years.”

West’s remarks followed a statement released by more than 30 Harvard student groups, many of which were pro-Palestinian organizations, that held “the Israeli regime fully responsible for all of the violence that is taking place.” The statement was widely criticized by other Harvard alumni, many of whom called on university leaders to distance themselves from it.

Larry Summers, former president of Harvard, wrote on he students blaming Israel alone has allowed Harvard to appear neutral at best regarding acts of terror against the Jewish state of Israel. »

Senator Ted Cruz (Republican of Texas), Harvard Law School alumnus, said the“What’s Wrong with Harvard?”

Harvard University President Claudine Gay on Tuesday condemned “the terrorist atrocities perpetrated by Hamas.” She added that “while our students have the right to speak for themselves, no student group – not even 30 student groups – speaks for Harvard University or its leaders.”

West, a Harvard alumnus, said he thought what the student groups were “trying to say is that the State of Israel bears most of the responsibility.” He said: “I would agree with that. »

West also criticized Summers, saying his criticism of Harvard students was part of a “double standard.”

“War crimes are being committed decade after decade against the Palestinians, and they cannot mumble. And then there are war crimes committed against the Israelis, and they go after the guns,” he said, referring to Summers and Alan Dershowitz, a lawyer and former professor at the law school of Harvard. “From now on, a war crime is a war crime. The murder of a precious, innocent Israeli has the same value as the murder of a precious, innocent Palestinian.

West left Harvard in 2002 after a highly publicized feud with Summers, then the university’s president. He was invited back in 2016, but left the university again in 2021 after failing to gain tenure, which he says is a socialist and a staunch supporter of the Palestinians.

West is currently running for president as an independent after recently leaving the Green Party. He is seen in Democratic circles as a potential disruptive candidate due, in part, to his appeal to younger voters who lean more liberal in their politics.



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