Prominent Rabbi David Wolpe announced his resignation from Harvard University's Anti-Semitism Council following university president Dr. Claudine Jay's disastrous and embarrassing testimony on Capital Hill, The Gateway Pundit reported.
During her testimony before the House Education Committee, Gay failed to condemn students on campus calling for the genocide of Jews.
Wolpe, the only rabbi on the board, called Guy's appearance “painfully inadequate testimony.”
Rabbi Wolpe delivered his message to
1/3 Resignation, Hanukkah Message: Effective today I have resigned from the Advisory Committee on Anti-Semitism at Harvard University. Without rehashing all the obvious reasons that have been endlessly ridiculed online, and with great respect to the panelists, the short summary…
– David Wolpe (@RabbiWolpe) December 7, 2023
On Friday, Wolpe wrote an op-ed for the Harvard Crimson entitled “On Hatred of Jews.”
Israel is the only country in the world that is routinely and widely targeted for elimination. Is anti-Zionism synonymous with anti-Semitism?
There are exceptions, but the overlap is striking. I've never heard of activists angry about China targeting Chinese restaurants in Paris, but when Hamas terrorists were recently arrested in Europe planning to bomb Jewish institutions, they were not targeting Israel, but Jews. If someone is angry at Israel, they target synagogues, businesses, restaurants — anything associated with Jews, anywhere in the world — regardless of their connection to Israel.
The energy and anger generated by Jews – who make up 0.2% of the world's population – is strangely disproportionate. Anti-Semitism is an unbridled and irrational revolution.
Harvard has a long and shameful history of anti-Semitism, Harvard President Claudine Guy said in her remarks to Harvard Hillel in October. It is time to acknowledge this, face it and overcome it. One can criticize policies without calling for the end of the only homeland Jews have ever known. One can demand a Palestinian state without the globalization of the intifada — the term given to the protest that previously led to more than 110 suicide bombings targeting buses, cafes and shopping malls.
If we cannot learn to argue politely at Harvard, how can we hope for the civility of other places in the world?
The Jews gave the world a precious gift: the idea that every human being is the image of God. I pray that we all remember and honor this gift.
Wolpe appeared on Fox News to discuss the “history of anti-Semitism” at Harvard and encouraged the university to “acknowledge, confront and overcome it.”