The Bigots of the 30’s would be so proud of Harvard…

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The Bigots of the 30's would be so proud of Harvard...

…mov­ing back to the old Jew Hat­ing days of yes­ter­year.

There is a pretty clear pat­tern here – again, assum­ing that the five nearly-​simultaneous sales of shares in Israeli com­pa­nies were not coin­ci­den­tal. Har­vard is happy to do busi­ness with oppres­sors – real oppres­sors, that is – as long as there is enough money in it. China and Saudi Ara­bia have, in sheer mon­e­tary terms, a lot to offer. But tak­ing a “prin­ci­pled” stand against Israel, still the Mid­dle East’s only democ­racy (unless you count Iraq, on which the jury is still out) and the only coun­try in the region with a West­ern human rights sen­si­bil­ity, is cost-​free. Sort of like ban­ning mil­i­tary recruiters.

The dif­fer­ence between courage and craven­ness is being will­ing to stand up when it actu­ally costs you some­thing. “Stand­ing up” to Israel costs Har­vard on money or rep­u­ta­tion among the elites, it risks no anger to among those who shower them with money, yet it allows them to think of them­selves as “moral”.

Alas this deci­sion costs noth­ing of Har­vard, except Honor, and it has been a long time since Har­vard val­ued that word.

That fact even more than the dis­in­vest­ment is the true tragedy here.

Meme­o­ran­dum thread here.

…moving back to the old Jew Hating days of yesteryear.

There is a pretty clear pattern here–again, assuming that the five nearly-simultaneous sales of shares in Israeli companies were not coincidental. Harvard is happy to do business with oppressors–real oppressors, that is–as long as there is enough money in it. China and Saudi Arabia have, in sheer monetary terms, a lot to offer. But taking a “principled” stand against Israel, still the Middle East’s only democracy (unless you count Iraq, on which the jury is still out) and the only country in the region with a Western human rights sensibility, is cost-free. Sort of like banning military recruiters.

The difference between courage and cravenness is being willing to stand up when it actually costs you something. “Standing up” to Israel costs Harvard on money or reputation among the elites, it risks no anger to among those who shower them with money, yet it allows them to think of themselves as “moral”.

Alas this decision costs nothing of Harvard, except Honor, and it has been a long time since Harvard valued that word.

That fact even more than the disinvestment is the true tragedy here.

Memeorandum thread here.