More fallout from the virulent anti-Semitism displayed on Harvard’s campus came from former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. He announced his withdrawal from two fellowship programs affiliated with the prestigious campus.
Hogan cited “anti-Semitic vitriol” following the deadly Hamas terror attack on Israel on Oct. 7.
The former governor agreed several months ago to be part of leadership fellowships at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
This morning, I informed @Harvard that I must withdraw my offer to participate in fellowships this Fall. I cannot condone the dangerous anti-Semitism that has taken root on their campus. pic.twitter.com/s60iqsJaaD
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) October 23, 2023
The Republican shared a letter he sent the university on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter. In it he noted that he had just concluded a similar program with the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and anticipated working with “the next generation of leaders at Harvard.”
That plan ended when he saw that over 30 Harvard student organizations signed on to support a letter placing blame for the terror attacks on the victims.
Hogan’s letter chastised the obvious anti-Semitism. “This horrific terrorist attack was the greatest loss of Jewish life since the Holocaust and it should be universally condemned as exactly what it is: pure evil.”
Harvard’s next generation of leaders saw the situation quite differently.
Their explosive letter led to several CEOs stating they will not hire members of the guilty student organizations. They wrote that they “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.”
Two days after the terror attack and amid backlash over the student’s position, Harvard President Claudine Gay responded by condemning Hamas.
She added, “On this matter as on others, that while our students have the right to speak for themselves, no student group — not even 30 student groups, speaks for Harvard University or its leadership.”
This did not appease Hogan, who likened the student’s statement to “hate speech.” He further expressed his belief that the institution did not sufficiently address the evil expressed in the letter.
In his missive, he wrote that his decision was not made lightly. Hogan added that “it is my hope that it may help further spur you to take meaningful action to address anti-Semitism and restore the values Harvard should represent to the world.”
Over 1,400 Israelis were killed in the massacre, and more than 200 were taken hostage by terrorists.