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Why Harvard President Lawrence Summers Should Resign (english)
22 Sep 2002
Outrageous statements are made by Mr. President Lawrence H. Summers of America's leading academic institution that are more typical of such rabid hatemeisters as the ADL's Abraham Foxman. Perhaps it is time for a boycott of Harvard itself for having such a bigot as its president. What it certainly is time for is that Mr. President
Summers of Harvard University should become Mr. EX-President Summers of Harvard University.
Why Harvard President Lawrence Summers Should Resign

Assalamu aleikum.

The deficiency of American education has been an issue
for the past generation. With the statement of
Harvard's president Lawrence Summers that follows, it
is clear that that deficiency has now bubbled all the
way up to the top. Outrageous statements are made by
Mr. President Lawrence H. Summers of America's leading
academic institution that are more typical of such
rabid hatemeisters as the ADL's Abraham Foxman.

From the very first sentence, Mr. President Summers
lies. Summers says that "I speak with you today not as
President of the University but as a concerned member
of our community". Not true.

Visit
http://www.president.harvard.edu/speeches/2002/morningprayers.html


to see this address and the symbol of Harvard next to
the identification of "Office of the President" and
under it the category of "Speeches". Lawrence H.
Summers is very much speaking as President of Harvard
University, and lying by denying it from the outset is
conduct unbecoming such a position of responsibility.
It is more in line with the philosophy of Goebbels
than Harvard.

Now to the substance of President Summers' address in
his official capacity as president of Harvard
University.

Here is one of Summers' "views":

"A view that while the politics of the Middle East was
enormously complex, and contentious, the question of
the right of a Jewish state to exist had been settled
in the affirmative by the world community."

Really, Mr. President Summers?

"Settled"? When, where and by whom?

By you?

The vast majority of the human race has always
rejected and continues to reject the alleged "right"
of a Jewish state to exist - at least, on the land of
others. Not only in the lands of the Muslims, but even
in pagan India and communist China the people reject
the idea. This is a question of fact, not opinion.
Here's a suggestion if Mr. President Summers
disagrees: let the people of the whole world vote on
the idea of an "Israel" that occupies Palestinian
lands and let all abide by the outcome of the world's
majority.

Here's another choice quote from Mr. President
Summers:

"State-sponsored television stations in many nations
of the world spew anti-Zionist propaganda."

What's wrong with that? What has that to do with
anti-semitism? This deliberate conflation of
anti-zionism with anti-semitism is the crudest sort of
obfuscatory propaganda, utterly unworthy of any
academic, and especially unworthy of the president of
Harvard University.

Judaism certainly does NOT equal Zionism. And
anti-zionism is certainly not anti-semitism.

See for example:

http://www.netureikarta.org

and

http://www.jewsnotzionists.org

Zionism is an atheistic master race doctrine that was
born along with all the other sinister national
fascist movements of the early 20th Century, such as
Germany's Nazis, Romania's Iron Guard, Italy's
Fascists and so on. The chief postulate of zionism is
that Jews are a race, not a religion - and that this
so-called "race" is somehow entitled by all the
familiar "reasons" of liebensraum to colonize and
ethnically cleanse the land of another, "inferior"
race (in the case of the zionist fascist variant, the
Palestinians). The vast majority of humanity
recognizes that zionism not only equals racism, but
that it equals nazism as well. Hence, the increasing
popularity of the term "zionazi" that clarifies
zionism's real meaning and activity.

Mr. President Summers goes on:

"The United Nations-sponsored World Conference on
Racism -- while failing to mention human rights abuses
in China, Rwanda, or anyplace in the Arab world --
spoke of Israelís policies prior to recent struggles
under the Barak government as constituting ethnic
cleansing and crimes against humanity. The NGO
declaration at the same conference was even more
virulent."

Such an immoral statement is sheer duplicity and
unworthy of the head of any institution of academic
learning, much less Harvard.

"Failing to mention" the alleged and even possibly
true abuses of others does not somehow operate to make
zionist abuses acceptable. Or to put it colloquially,
"Two wrongs don't make a right".

The NGO declaration at the World Conferance Against
Racism (WCAR) came from over 4,000 non-governmental
organizations worldwide.

See the text of the NGO statement at

http://www.ahram.org.eg/weekly/2001/551/in6.htm

Rather than learning with humility from this lesson as
a real academic would, Harvard's Mr. President Summers
has made a bigoted response that demonstrates his
otherwise unstated acceptance of master race
superiority. For Summers dismisses the concerns of the
whole human race at WCAR as "virulent". Think about
that. And then think some more.

The mass of humanity that dares protest against the
master race hate doctrine of apartheid and ethnic
cleansing that is zionism is to Harvard's president
nothing more than a collection of viruses to be
dismissed as such. How very characteristic of the
zionist master race mentality.

Summers goes on to whine about the academic exclusion
in less than a handful of instances of zionist
"researchers" and "scholars". Of course, there can be
no such things as "Israeli researchers" or "Israeli
scholars" in the first place, any more than there can
be nazi "researchers" and "scholars". And it is as
sound and logical to exclude such propagandists from
academia as it is to exclude deniers of the particular
genocide directed against the Jews.

And naturally, Mr. President Summers in his official
statement ignores the wholesale closure of Palestinian
universities - including the zionist closure in
Jerusalem itself earlier this year of a university.

See

ADC Condemns Israeli Assault on Al-Quds University in
East Jerusalem
http://www.topica.com/lists/msanews-list/read/message.html?mid=803688341

Not one word does Mr. President Summers say in his
official statement about this total destruction of the
educational process for Palestinians, while he bewails
the exclusion on principled grounds of a handful of
"researchers". The phrase, "Tragedy is when I have a
hangnail, comedy is when you fall through an open
manhole cover and die" comes to mind. Hypocrisy is
most unbecoming in anyone, but especially so in the
president of a great academic institution, and all the
more so in one whose position should serve as a
defender of the academic world.

And Mr. President Summers in his official statement
complains that earlier this year "chants were heard
equating Hitler and Sharon." Just what side of the
Twilight Zone does Summers live on? Obviously not the
reality side. Sharon is one of the sadistic monsters
of history. Not only was he responsible for the
massacres at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps, but
he personally led a massacre of the inhabitants of an
entire Palestinian village back in the 50s.

See

KIBYA MASSACRE
14 October 1953
http://abbc.com/islam/english/toread/massac2.htm

The whole world understands that Sharon is a monster
on a par with Hitler - except the USA, which continues
to suppress the famous BBC Panorama documentary, "The
Accused", exposing Sharon's responsibility for Sabra
and Shatila.

See the BBC rush transcript of "The Accused" at

http://anon.user.anonymizer.com/http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/audio_video/programmes/panorama/transcripts/transcript_17_06_01.txt

Mr. President Summers objects in his official
statement to people "singling out" his beloved
"Israel" (sic) for punitive action on investments. But
singling out the regimes of master race hatred has
always been a proper strategy and has a sound
precedent. It worked well enough against the apartheid
of South Africa, and there is every reason to suppose
that it would help defeat the apartheid ideology of
the zionists, end the invasion and assist in causing
the return of the occupying invaders to their
homelands.

Mr. President Summers in his concluding remarks
mentions "I would like nothing more than to be wrong."
Well, here he has most certainly succeeded.

Perhaps it is time for a boycott of Harvard itself for
having such a bigot as its president.

What it certainly is time for is that Mr. President
Summers of Harvard University should become Mr.
EX-President Summers of Harvard University.

---

Address at morning prayers
President Lawrence H. Summers
Office of the President
Harvard University
Massachusetts Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138 USA
Tel: (617) 495-1501
Fax: (617) 495-8550
Email: lawrence_summers (at) harvard.edu
Memorial Church
Cambridge, Massachusetts
September 17, 2002
http://www.president.harvard.edu/speeches/2002/morningprayers.html

I speak with you today not as President of the
University but as a concerned member of our community
about something that I never thought I would become
seriously worried about -- the issue of anti-Semitism.


I am Jewish, identified but hardly devout. In my
lifetime, anti-Semitism has been remote from my
experience. My family all left Europe at the beginning
of the 20th century. The Holocaust is for me a matter
of history, not personal memory. To be sure, there
were country clubs where I grew up that had few if any
Jewish members, but not ones that included people I
knew. My experience in college and graduate school, as
a faculty member, as a government official -- all
involved little notice of my religion.

Indeed, I was struck during my years in the Clinton
administration that the existence of an economic
leadership team with people like Robert Rubin, Alan
Greenspan, Charlene Barshefsky and many others that
was very heavily Jewish passed without comment or
notice -- it was something that would have been
inconceivable a generation or two ago, as indeed it
would have been inconceivable a generation or two ago
that Harvard could have a Jewish President.

Without thinking about it much, I attributed all of
this to progress -- to an ascendancy of enlightenment
and tolerance. A view that prejudice is increasingly
put aside. A view that while the politics of the
Middle East was enormously complex, and contentious,
the question of the right of a Jewish state to exist
had been settled in the affirmative by the world
community.

But today, I am less complacent. Less complacent and
comfortable because there is disturbing evidence of an
upturn in anti-Semitism globally, and also because of
some developments closer to home.

Consider some of the global events of the last year:

There have been synagogue burnings, physical assaults
on Jews, or the painting of swastikas on Jewish
memorials in every country in Europe. Observers in
many countries have pointed to the worst outbreak of
attacks against the Jews since the Second World War.

Candidates who denied the significance of the
Holocaust reached the runoff stage of elections for
the nationís highest office in France and Denmark.
State-sponsored television stations in many nations of
the world spew anti-Zionist propaganda.
The United Nations-sponsored World Conference on
Racism -- while failing to mention human rights abuses
in China, Rwanda, or anyplace in the Arab world --
spoke of Israelís policies prior to recent struggles
under the Barak government as constituting ethnic
cleansing and crimes against humanity. The NGO
declaration at the same conference was even more
virulent.
I could go on. But I want to bring this closer to
home. Of course academic communities should be and
always will be places that allow any viewpoint to be
expressed. And certainly there is much to be debated
about the Middle East and much in Israelís foreign and
defense policy that can be and should be vigorously
challenged.

But where anti-Semitism and views that are profoundly
anti-Israeli have traditionally been the primary
preserve of poorly educated right-wing populists,
profoundly anti-Israel views are increasingly finding
support in progressive intellectual communities.
Serious and thoughtful people are advocating and
taking actions that are anti-Semitic in their effect
if not their intent.

For example:

*Hundreds of European academics have called for an end
to support for Israeli researchers, though not for an
end to support for researchers from any other nation.

*Israeli scholars this past spring were forced off the
board of an international literature journal.

*At the same rallies where protesters, many of them
university students, condemn the IMF and global
capitalism and raise questions about globalization, it
is becoming increasingly common to also lash out at
Israel. Indeed, at the anti-IMF rallies last spring,
chants were heard equating Hitler and Sharon.

*Events to raise funds for organizations of
questionable political provenance that in some cases
were later found to support terrorism have been held
by student organizations on this and other campuses
with at least modest success and very little
criticism.

*And some here at Harvard and some at universities
across the country have called for the University to
single out Israel among all nations as the lone
country where it is inappropriate for any part of the
universityís endowment to be invested. I hasten to say
the University has categorically rejected this
suggestion.
We should always respect the academic freedom of
everyone to take any position. We should also recall
that academic freedom does not include freedom from
criticism. The only antidote to dangerous ideas is
strong alternatives vigorously advocated.

I have always throughout my life been put off by those
who heard the sound of breaking glass, in every insult
or slight, and conjured up images of Hitlerís
Kristallnacht at any disagreement with Israel. Such
views have always seemed to me alarmist if not
slightly hysterical. But I have to say that while they
still seem to me unwarranted, they seem rather less
alarmist in the world of today than they did a year
ago.

I would like nothing more than to be wrong. It is my
greatest hope and prayer that the idea of a rise of
anti-Semitism proves to be a self-denying prophecy --
a prediction that carries the seeds of its own
falsification. But this depends on all of us.

http://www.president.harvard.edu/speeches/2002/morningprayers.html

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See also:
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