It can't have been easy for anyone concerned with facts, history, reason, scholarship, moral clarity and so on to spend a weekend listening to anti-Israel agitprop at Harvard's One-State Conference. Janet Tassel's mordant review of the gathering in today's American Thinker offers insights into the speakers' views on dissolution of the Jewish state and their speculation on its newly stateless Jewish inhabitants.
One possibility for the newly disempowered Israeli Jews, said Leila Farsakh, associate professor in political science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, would be to "reconnect with their Arabism." Indeed, the term "Arab Jew" became ubiquitous toward the end of the conference. Or, as Marc Ellis, director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Baylor University, himself a Jew, said, "Becoming un-Jewish is the first step." After that would come, in his words, "revolutionary forgiveness."
Among the Harvard faculty to appear were the notorious Stephen Walt in addition to less well-known figures like
Timothy McCarthy, a lecturer at the Kennedy School, who dissolved into tears when he recalled [a six-city LGBT trip to Israel that met with] groups like Palestinian Queers for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions... Although he described himself as "a fierce queen" who "steps right up to bullies," he brimmingly lamented that he found "violence all over Israel"
It's probably too much to hope that the many scholars at the university who care about decent respect for the truth and the many concerned Trustees who care about the reputation of the institution and the many brilliant students who know hate-mongering doesn't belong at the Kennedy School will all use this as an opportunity to investigate what's gone wrong.