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Israeli Students Demand Harvard Crimson Move Off of ‘Stolen Lands’ in Response to Its Support of BDS

Israeli Students Demand Harvard Crimson Move Off of ‘Stolen Lands’ in Response to Its Support of BDS

“The land that the Harvard Crimson operates… is territory that belongs to the Massachusett (indigenous) people.”

A thousand Israeli students have signed a letter, calling on the Harvard Crimson, the school’s student-run newspaper, to move its office off of stolen land.

This was done in response to the paper’s embrace of the anti-Israel BDS movement.

In April of this year, the paper published an editorial that stated, in part:

In Support of Boycott, Divest, Sanction and a Free Palestine

When oppression strikes anywhere in the world, resistance movements reverberate globally. The desire for rightful justice spreads, like wildfire, moving us to act, to speak, to write, and right our past wrongs.

Over the past year, the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee has strived to do just that. Amid escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine, PSC has hosted informational programming, organized weekly demonstrations of support through “Keffiyeh Thursdays,” and even installed a colorful, multi-panel “Wall of Resistance” in favor of Palestinian freedom and sovereignty.

In at least one regard, PSC’s spirited activism has proven successful: It has forced our campus — and our editorial board — to once again wrestle with what both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called Israel’s “crimes against humanity” in the region.

Following the publication of the editorial, two student editors dissented. See their stories here and here.

The Israeli students now calling out the Crimson are essentially using their own woke ideology against them.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

1,000 Israeli students call on Harvard Crimson to move office from ‘stolen lands’

Over 1,000 Israeli students penned a letter to the Harvard Crimson, Harvard University’s newspaper, calling for the editorial board to move its office off of lands “occupied” from indigenous tribes in a move to highlight the Crimson’s hypocrisy in supporting the BDS movement in an April editorial.

Students for Justice in America, who are supported by Israeli NGO Shurat HaDin, claimed that the Harvard Crimson’s offices are situated on lands forcefully taken from the Massachusetts people, which is the indigenous nation of these territories. “The land that the Harvard Crimson operates… is territory that belongs to the Massachusett (indigenous) people. This land, like much other territory in the Boston and Cambridge regions, was taken from these native tribes during its earliest conquest by French and British colonialists and then the American military.”

“Ironically, on April 29th of this past year your Editorial Board published an essay in support of the BDS movement and its ‘blunt approach’ stating that ‘as a board, we are proud to finally lend our support to both Palestinian liberation and BDS – and we call on everyone to do the same,’” the letter continued.

Couldn’t this concept be expanded to include Harvard’s entire campus?

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retiredcantbefired | November 22, 2022 at 10:24 am

No institution that champions CRT / woke / intersectionalism is ever going to vacate its present location and turn it over to the descendants of the Native American tribe that occupied the region 150, 200, 300, or 400 years ago.

    Nor would that “indigenous” tribe cede the land to the couple, family, tribe, nation that occupied the land before them.

    I’m sure the Leftist response will be that the Israeli demand is “in bad faith,” whatever that is supposed to mean, exactly.

    Israel better not go there. Americans actually fought for a country we claim victim status and have it handed to us. GRFO Israel.

    DINORightMarie in reply to retiredcantbefired. | November 23, 2022 at 11:18 am

    This is actually not a good tactic. When using this as a way to “demonstrate hypocrisy” they must first accept the premise of the BDS movement, which is fallacious and factually false. Also, it is accepting the premise that all US states and territories are “occupied” or “stolen” land, which again is again false, logically and factually. Countering their argument with facts may not work (academia is indeed gone as Prof. Jacobson says in his video) but it is still the best response. Finding an analogy that applies is hard these days, since everything in Western culture is under attack.

      TTheDDoctor in reply to DINORightMarie. | November 23, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      That’s exactly the point, DINO- the premise of the BDS movement IS fallacious and factually false. So by raising an argument which uses the same gist for its premise, but which a larger percentage of people view as outrageous, that argument therefore claims that BOTH premises are fallacious and factually false.

Dolce Far Niente | November 22, 2022 at 10:51 am

Like all the “beliefs” of the Marxist Left, BDS is founded on a lie, which is hardly surprising since the Left’s leader is the Father of Lies.

But it is fascinating to watch the slow convergence of American Woke-ism with Nazi dogma; they lack only a leader as charismatic as Hitler.

The left is hypocritical and project their failings on others.

Alinsky Rule 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”

If the rule is that every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)

Starting the late 1800s and well into 1939 Zionist Jews bought over 500,000 acres of, mostly desert, low-productive land from Arabs and Ottomans in what became the core of 1948 Israel where they owned about 65% of the land. The Zionist purchases are estimated to be in the range $100 million USD in today’s money.

The Zionists made that land bloom. Something the Arab sharecroppers and herders failed to do.

The bottom-line is 1948 Israel was not built on stolen land. It was land purchased from landowners. And while it’s true Arabs were displaced. They were not land owners. They were RENTERS or squatters on land they did not own the land from which they were displaced.

After multiple attempts to kill all the Jews and destroy Israel, the Arabs lost land in multiple wars (1948, 1967, 1973). The Isrealies offered back, for peace, for decades. From 1949 the Israelites have made at least five ‘1948 borders’ proposals with huge concessions to the Arabs as long as Arabs acknowledge Israels’ right to exist. The last was when Bill Clinton was President.

The answer is, and has remained, we will destroy Israel and kill the Jews ‘from River to Sea.’ The destruction of Israel and killing all the Jews is even part of the charter of Hamas.

Yet we get BDS by the gullible, ignorant clowns on the left. And, of course, they only have to look down at the land under their feet to see that they are as guilty as those they condemn.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to MosesZD. | November 22, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    Make them live up to their own rules. That’s Alinsky rule number — I forget which. It’s even better since the same squaking flocks have already done the “stolen from indigenous peoples” thing.

    And make sure you get the headlines.

    randian in reply to MosesZD. | November 22, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    Selling the land to the Jews, taking their money, and stealing the land back was explicit policy, counseled publicly in the Islamic newspapers of the day. The Jews were expected to starve, and when they didn’t that just made stealing back what they sold a matter of pride rather than just Islamic theology (wherein no non-Muslim has a legitimate claim to governance over land, and so said non-Muslims must be removed by force if necessary).

Now do Manhattan, NY!

    CommoChief in reply to Paul. | November 22, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Nah, just ensure that native species are returned; wolves, bears, cougar, deer, elk….

      I suppose you haven’t noticed but the subways are full of animals.

        Paul in reply to Paula. | November 22, 2022 at 1:41 pm

        Ya’ll are great. The comments on this site are golden sometimes!

        Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

        CommoChief in reply to Paula. | November 22, 2022 at 6:00 pm

        Need the four legged kind complete with restrictions on harming endangered species and zero hunting until they reestablish themselves to natural levels. Include vigorous enforcement from federal bureaucrats and protests/sit in/ disruptions from the various environmental ‘save the squirrel’ groups.

        The two legged kind has an antidote available. The politicians are too craven to use it. Aggressive policing and incarceration.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | November 22, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      Massachusetts is already on its way to unwittingly doing that, with their touchy-feely 1996 “leghold trap” ban. They not only banned their use, they made possession a felony. But they wrote an exception into the law saying if the government decides a leghold trap is acceptable in particular situation, then “it’s all right.” And shortly afterwards, they started having epidemics of home flooding and well contamination in tony liberal neighborhoods due to beaver dams. The state told trappers, “Put the leghold traps out! It’s perfectly all right this time!” The trappers replied, “We don’t own any more. It’s a felony now. Enjoy the wildlife!”

      And if the beavers weren’t enough, guess what happens when you outlaw hunting bear with dogs to keep the population in check? Yeah, they want their territory back…

        CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | November 23, 2022 at 10:36 am

        I had some beaver take up residence in my pond. My neighbors and I used machinery to break up their dwelling and shot them. This is Bama so that solution is probably not doable in MASS.

        Can’t you stalk hunt or use a tree stand for black bears? I imagine using dogs is easier. If the population is high do they allow property owners to take them? In Bama we can take hogs year round on our own property.

        rwingjr in reply to henrybowman. | November 23, 2022 at 9:55 pm

        I don’t believe trappers use leg-hold traps to trap beavers much. They use conibear traps primarily. Just saying. 🙂

          henrybowman in reply to rwingjr. | November 25, 2022 at 1:58 am

          Oh, they outlawed the conibears in 1996, too, because (of course) you can never ban too much of a good thing, or overdo sticking it to those nasty rednecks… but “due to popular demand,” re-legalized them in 2000. Muskrats were draining the cranberry fields and injuring the workers (sprains and broken bones from underwater pitfalls); even the Quabbin Reservoir was “contaminating itself.” The MSPCA and Audibon, of course, opposed this with every last fiber of their commemorative autographed Bambi stuffies.

          As far as the bear hunting goes, I’ve only hunted pest species, so I don’t know. If it makes a difference, you can’t use rifles to hunt anywhere in MA — only slugs. I guess if you can take deer with those, bear should work too, but I can’t say from experience.

          An excerpt from a contemporaneous posting:

          Too early, too early.

          Let’s wait until Joe and Jane Soccer-Mom are willing to lynch MSPCA members on sight because beavers ate their Volvo. Then we can pass it.

          Otherwise, gird yourself for ten years of bitching and moaning about “how the hunter’s lobby and the corrupt state government thwarted the will of the people and hurt all the poor fuzzy-wuzzy am-i-nals,” along with all the successful and bothersome fund-raising martyrdom that will accompany it.

Maybe the 21-year-olds who write for the student newspaper ought to demonstrate their problem-solving skills with people and problems closer to home. In English. Amongst Americans. How about they demonstrate they can fix Boston education system. Boston homelessness, mental illness, addiction. Boston unemployment, housing decay. How about Boston child sexual molestation.

I for one would take these self-proclaimed solvers of problems a bit more seriously if they could show any track record of success solving problems in their own backyard. In their own culture. In their own language.

Capitalist-Dad | November 22, 2022 at 2:33 pm

Tired of the whole “stolen lands” whining in general. At the nation building level things are Darwinian. You get to keep land for your clan, tribe, or country as long as you can defend it. This has been true throughout human history. Time to suck it up and recognize that the “law of conquest” is immutable.

Can anybody identify anything that Harvard has accomplished in foreign affairs? Or domestic affairs? Have they brought any peaceful solution to any conflict anywhere? Africa? Europe? The U.S.? Chicago? Boston? I’m not being facetious.

Harvard’s “Best and Brightest” gave us the Vietnam War. Since then, their endowment has grown by billions of dollars, they proudly maintain blatantly racist admissions policies, and they apparently expect to be taken seriously? Why? Why would anyone in the world take them seriously?

    CaptTee in reply to Sefton. | November 23, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Remember Yale was founded because Harvard strayed from their original mission. Unfortunately Yale forgot their original mission too!

Jew-hating Dhimmi-crat,, useful idiots are too stupid to comprehend/acknowledge that Jews were living in the middle east for millennia before the supremacist, totalitarian and belligerent ideology of “Submission” was founded. This truth undermines the dhimmis” vicious, evil and dishonest propaganda mythology of alleged “colonial” “occupation” by Israeli Jews.

I was taught that the tribes here in the Western Hemisphere walked across the Bearing land bridge after the last ice age.

That would make them Russian’s?

Unless you are living in Ethiopia, your family was originally from somewhere else.

There are other theories of the origins of man, but none I’ve seen say Western Hemisphere or Europe.

    paracelsus in reply to 1073. | November 22, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    there are a few theories that some of the tribes arrived here by cruise ship from Northern Europe via Iceland and Greenland, guess that still might make them Russians

Actually if land should be given back to its original indigenous owners, assuming they still exist, then the “Palestinians'” case completely disappears, since the Jews are the indigenous people of that country, and the Arabs have only been there since, at earliest, the 7th century CE. That makes them the colonists and the Jews the aborigines. So let them clear off to Arabia and give everything back to the Jews!

Not to mention the fact that the vast bulk of “Palestinians” haven’t even been there since the 7th century, or even the 19th; their grandparents arrived in the 20th century and were only there a short time before having to move on again — in a significant number of cases they’d been there less than two years! They’ve certainly been gone for longer than they were there in the first place. So what claim do they have? They moved in, they moved out. They were immigrants there, now they’re immigrants somewhere else. Whereas the Jews who arrived in the 20th century were not immigrants, they were returning natives. That’s a whole different thing.

If anyone at Harvard had anything constructive to offer, Boston would be a veritable paradise.

If anyone at Harvard really had more intelligent solutions to society’s woes, then Boston would have the happiest families, the least childhood obesity, the highest childhood educational achievement, the lowest childhood neglect/exploitation, the most successful addiction treatment programs.

If Harvard had anything novel to offer , then the Boston mass transit system would be the envy of the world and representatives from around the world would flock there to learn how to improve their own systems. Likewise, social services of all types. There’d be no gangs, no crime, everyone would treat each other well, and no one would need to worry about getting raped, or cheated, or lied to.

In fact, if you were to take a look at New Haven CT, where Yale is; or West Harlem NY where Columbia is; or West Philadelphia PA where Penn is; or Hanover NH where Dartmouth is ; or Ithaca NY where Cornell is … these ought to be the most idyllic places in earth. Ever. Think of all those well-intentioned, bright people who live and work there. In all these places. With all their great ideas.

All these Ivy League college locales are instead crime-infested, addiction-infested examples of 21st century blight.

Rampant community-wide joblessness and hopelessness.

Maybe, just maybe, what these institutions really offer … for the most part … as they might say just down the block from their lovely well-manicured campuses …… “ain’t sheeyit” [sic].

The demand by the Israeli students will not be met because they used a logical response to the leftist Harvard Crimson newspaper Board. It will take the Board down a dark hole to figure out the logic. As we know, the Left can’t handle logical arguments. Even if they understood they wouldn’t comply anyway because the rationale used doesn’t apply to them. They are hypocrites.

Expecting Leftists to be either logical or consistent is an exercise in futility.

Isn’t selling land to Jews now a death penalty crime in the Palestinian territories?

Hey Jews,

For just 5 minutes a day, you too can complete a meaningless look-at-me land acknowledgment then go on about your day like nothing just happened!

Wow, who knew the Middle East solution was so easy!