An open letter to Harvard University
As an American physician who spent an exhausting and sleepless summer in Beirut during Sharon's "Man of Peace" horrifying siege of the city in 1982 removing shrapnel and bullets from bodies of innocent Lebanese and Palestinian women, children, and the elderly; all made in America and delivered by American tax funded weapons in the hands of Sharon's "Defense" forces; I don't recall any outrage from President Lawrence Summers, nor read any opposition from Professor Rita Goldberg, nor the National Review, nor the Wall Street Journal, nor any Jewish American organization, nor from the "Christian" Evangelists, nor from our government that gave the green light to Sharon to invade Lebanon (by Alexander Haig), nor from Congress. Even when the Israeli government led by Menachem Begin, a former terrorist and Nobel Peace Prize winner (he admits to his terrorism in his autobiography, including the massacre of the entire village of Deir Yassin) found Sharon negligent in his duty during the three day massacre by "Christian" Lebanese Phalangist in the camps of Sabra and Chatila, none of the above mentioned spoke out against Sharon's "war crimes" as defined by the Fourth Geneva Convention.
Yet a simple lecture by an award winning Irish poet, Mr. Tom Paulin, enraged President Summers, some faculty and students, a total of 120 out of Harvard's entire population, was enough to intimidate the English Department to cancel Mr. Paulin's lecture according to Alexandra M. Atiya's article: "Controversial Poet Will Not Give Lecture: English department reacts to concerns over extreme pro-Palestinian views" (Nov. 13, 2002). Some may not agree with Mr. Paulin's characterization of Israel's brutal occupation, and yes the killing of innocent Palestinian children as documented by Amnesty International, our own State Department, Human Rights Watch, the International Red Cross, and Israel's own human rights organizations, media, and physicians. But the outrage is that Harvard's President has used his academic position of the country's leading university to become Israel's own lobbyist and personal "Anti-Defamation League." He has lashed out at academicians and student organizations who support a dialogue for peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, an end to Israel's illegal and brutal occupation of 35 years, a dismantling of settlements inhabited mainly by fanatical armed Jewish Americans subsidized by American taxpayers, and support Israel's implementation of over 60 U.N. Security Council Resolutions since 1948 that Israel has defied, ignored due to the influence of Jewish lobbies and individuals such as President Summers. The same lack of defiance by Iraq of only 13 U.N. Resolutions is enough for Bush to annihilate Iraq.
Does President Summers recall when Jewish Americans were not allowed to enter Harvard, clubs, or have the freedom of speech to defend themselves? Is Freedom of Speech today ethnically and politically defined? Where was President Summers when Professor Alan Dershowitz advocated the total destruction of Palestinian villages in response to bombings in Israel as a deterrent force? Would he cancel a speech if given by an Israeli politician espousing the total "transfer" of Palestinians, including Israeli Arabs, if 120 Harvard faculty and students protested? I don't think so.
"Anti-Semitism" has become America's intimidating "Scarlet Letter" used to silence and intimidate anyone worldwide who has the courage, humanity, sense of justice and peace for both Israeli's and Palestinians to criticize Israel or point out its military brutality. As often said here and abroad, there is no such thing as "free speech" when it comes to Israel, which only prolongs the suffering of both peoples. Our Congress panders to the money and power of Jewish lobbies (Read: "Jewish Power" by JJ Goldberg; "They Dare to Speak out" by Congressman Paul Findley, "The Passionate Attachment" by George Ball, or see www.cactus48.com and www.MidEastFacts.com).
It is such influence and power that has been complicit in supporting Israel's vision of annexing all Palestinian land and Jerusalem, a city of three faiths becoming for "Jews" only. It is such power that has made the United Nations irrelevant with the U.S. casting dozens of vetoes to protect Israel even from Resolutions it supported. Our own State Department has become Israel's own "Better Business Bureau" and Complaint Department looking after Israel's interests above all others, including Americans held and tortured in Israel.
Despite Mr. Paulin's "extremist" views, with similar views shared by the world outside of the "protected" United States, even Israeli's, it would have been an opportunity for free dialogue on his views and on the conflict. Prohibiting such dialogue is an injustice to academic freedom, education, debate, search for truth and justice, and above all a shame to Harvard run by a President intent on protecting Israel at all costs lest the truth becomes apparent and Harvard's community awakens to the Holocaust persecuted Jews becoming the persecutors of another race innocent of guilt. Such closed minds today will lead to further deaths of Israeli and Palestinian human beings. Only American independence of Israel's influence will ever lead to peace and security for Israel and a Palestinian state.
According to Harvard's President, academic free speech applies only when Palestinians die, not when Israel is simply criticized. It's time Harvard's alumni, faculty, and students determine if they want such a President to lead America's foremost university.
Shalom, Peace, and Salaam
Dr. Mohamed Khodr is a freelance writer who regularly writes on Middle East politics, Islam, and U.S. Foreign Policy
Topics: Anti-Semitism, Occupation
As for the English Dept: Paulin is an asshole who has said Israel has no right to exist. Ok. fair enough. Ireland should remain under British rule and has no rught to exist.
Stick to the topic without resorting to the convienient anti-Arab anti-semetism.
I sometimes wonder,are we really living in the same planet.
Dr. Mohamed Khodr obviously does not get it...nor does this UMMAH!
The US is a christian country ran by CHRISTIANS! Christians believe that the Jews MUST inherit Isreal for THEIR version of the end of days to occur!
I fail to realize why EVERYONE who is Muslim cannot understand that AMERICA DOES NOT GIVE A HOOT ABOUT ANY MUSLIM IN THE MID-EAST....AND IT WILL FOREVER SUPPORT ISREAL IN HER MURDEROUS WAYS!
The haram dynasties in the mid-east posess the resources and means to remedy the situation...but the will not because it requires them to give to the people what is rightfully theirs.
WHY DON'T SOME DOCTOR WRITE ABOUT THAT!!
The solution to Muslim problems....lay in Muslim hands!
And it, when you look deep enough into it, is being geared to serve the interests of a little entity thrust like a thorn in the throats of the Arabs. I say work with both sides. Why this glaring, blatant, and profligate support to Israel while shunning all the Arab countries? Do we only profit from Israel alone and not from the rest? Can we honestly sell this doctrine to the world and expect wide approval, or has our arrogance become so unbridled that we don't care what the world thinks?
The Romans thought like that, and where are they now; did their military might perpetuate them? They even lasted 2000 years, how long can we last defying international will at this rate. Might, weapons, and arrogance never, never, gave nations long-lasting glory; rather, wisdom and fair-mindedness especially from superpowers help us all co-exist.
So often when a person reads an article that is not worth replying to, (often because it is obviously fanatical propoganda, that no takes seriously except those few who can't see past their own bigotry). The unfortunate thing is, that when no one bothers to reply it makes those fanatics think that somehow they made a good point. Or that everyone must be in agreement. Please, give us a break.
The porblem lies in the Arab rulers, whose amibitions stiffend their feelings, and for the sake of inheriting their sons their throwns, whether a republic, monorchy or shiekdom, agreed
to all the atrocities exercised over the Palestinian, and all they do is either blaming the Palestinian for not accepting sharon's agenda, or as the Qatari foreing minister said, do not BEG enough the United States for support, or sending delegates to USA protesting atrocities of modern times Holaco. One would ask, are they naive, stupid or accepting enslavety by the U.S government.
Finally, It is not surprise me that Mr. Summer's does not remember Harverd's,old days the irony is, the US political system does not want to remember Abraham Franklins warning that jews will enslave the US people if allowed entry to USA.
Salaam. This is indeed more evidence for those of us who always have shared the same passion as Dr. Mohamed Khodr in making the comman man aware of apparent, open, and disgusting biases in the USA. This clear case of outright discrimination in awaring the American public of the brutalities (and injust realities) of the Israelis against the Palestinians is repulsive. This nation does chant Free Speech as was fought for by its Founding Fathers, but to them and to the current citizens of this "Free Nation" I say, "Liberty and Justice not for all, but for the Jews." To those who ask me to leave this country, I reply with this is God's land and I'm here as HIS viceregent to first myself understand and follow HIS orders then simulatenously enforce them everywhere. Jazak Allah Khair. Fe Imaan Allah.
The president of Harvard, Mr. Summers needs to explain his rationale of the decision. Hope he does so?
thumbs up to Dr. Mohamed Khodr
I still can not comprehend why would Muslim organizations and individuals propogate the use of Democracy for Muslims. I will never be able to understand it. Do they not see, sense, and hear the reality?
But what I really loath with unspeakable intensity are the Pro-Israelis who have no less thirst for blood, in spite of their academic grandeur and pomp, than the ravenous IDF themselves. In a nutshell: pro-Israelis want Palestinians, whom they regard as dogs no less than the Zionists themselves do, killed. It's a pogrom committed by the Israelis and condoned by the filth that is personified by Summers and his likes.
As for the shamful Christian-Zionists who are suporting the Israelis to hasten, as they believe, the second coming of Christ , I just hope Christ comes out soon enough to tell them thanks for siding with the very people who vexed me every step of the way, thanks for turning a blind eye to atrocities committed even against Christians in Israel (read Taking A Stand In Front Of A Church That Takes No Stand - www.whtt.org,)thanks for being as guilty as the Zionists, and now you want salvation? Far from it you betrayers.
Israel is very young, it's history is turbulent and bloody. If it is to survive it must exercise wisdom and foresight not treachery, truth-twisting and might.
US is a nation based on equlity and justice for all, regardless of their race or nationality. It is a nation of immigrants and inhabitted by peace and justice level citizens. These kind of irrational and partisan behaviour should be strongly objected to.