At an April 14, 2016 panel discussion on Israeli-Palestinian negotiations El-Qoulaq childishly heckled Tzipi Livni during the question and answer period, asking “How is it that you are so smelly?”
Its more than immature- its anti-Semitic.
As reported by Canary Mission:
On April 18, 2016, three members of the Harvard Jewish Law Students Association demanded a public apology to Ms. Livni, the Jewish students of HLS, and Harvard Law School at large — and observed in response to El-Qoulaq’s question:
“A quick Internet search will show that the stereotype of “the Jew” as “smelly” or “dirty” has been around since at least the 1800s. The Nazis promoted the idea that Jews “smell” to propagandize Jews as an inferior people. The idea that Jews can be identified by a malodor is patently offensive and stereotypes Jews as an “other” which incites further acts of discrimination. The fact that such a hate-filled and outdated stereotype reemerged at Harvard Law School is nothing short of revolting.”
Harvard officials immediately condemned the exchange, but took care to conceal the name of the student involved. The university also deleted the portion of the video featuring the incident.
Martha Minow, Dean of Harvard Law School,denounced the comments, stating:
“The comment was offensive and it violated the trust and respect we expect in our community. Many perceive it as anti-Semitic, and no one would see it as appropriate. It was an embarrassment to this institution and an assault upon the values we seek to uphold.”
The Harvard Law Record took an unprecedented step by closing comments on an article regarding the incident, to prevent El-Qoulaq from being identified.
Why is Harvard bending over backwards to protect the identity of Husam El-Qoulaq? Are his family major donors?
The local angle? There's always a local angle.
Husam El-Qoulaq graduated with a degree in peace and conflict studies from UC Berkeley, and served a stint as a volunteer commissioner on the City of Berkeley's foreign policy body, the Peace and Justice Commission.
Interestingly, his Linked in profile (since deleted) fraudulently implies he served on the Berkeley City Council. It is not known if he also misrepresented his status in his application to the Harvard law school.
|Husam El-Qoulaq never served on the Berkeley city council|
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