There is an excellent piece in the Nation this week by Michael Massing documenting that Ken Roth–the man who affixed the apartheid label on Israel as head of Human Rights Watch in 2021 — lost out on a fellowship at Harvard’s Kennedy School last year because of his criticism of Israel.
Massing quotes Roth and a Kennedy School official saying the offer from a human rights center at the school was withdrawn because of the Israel issue. Then Massing identifies several pro-Israel donors he suggests had influence over the dean, Douglas Elmendorf.
“I knew what he was driving at,” Roth says of his exchange with Elmendorf. “It’s always Israel.”…
Human Rights Watch, [human rights professor Kathryn Sikkink] was told [by the dean], has an “anti-Israel bias”; Roth’s tweets on Israel were of particular concern.
It is plain from Massing’s reporting that Ken Roth’s crime was signing off on the massively-documented apartheid report on Israel. Roth did so only after Israel passed its nation-state law in 2018 granting Jews the exclusive rights in the land. “Apartheid” remains a red line in the American establishment. You’re not supposed to breathe the word in Congress. The New York Times respects the omerta.
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Harvard axes fellowship for expert who affixed ‘apartheid’ label on Israel, evidently under donor pressure