“Batshit crazy”? How “antisemitic” can Harvard be? While 2.4% of the US population is Jewish, Jews comprise 52.5% of Harvard’s graduate and 9.8% of its undergraduate population, according to Hillel.
Jews comprise higher percentages of student bodies at a couple other Ivies:
Jewish students are enrolling less at many of the Ivies and going to a broader range of institutions than before. – Inside Higher Ed
Research questions: What percentage of Harvard University’s population is Muslim? Palestinian? Compared with US population share? Why does the term “antisemitism” only apply to Jews when the category of “Semite” includes both Jews and Palestinians? Based on genetic and language-background evidence, are Palestinians more, or less, Semitic than Israelis, many of whom immigrated from Europe? (Original scholarship only.)
Interesting comments from KSG’s Joseph Nye on campus free speech and the Israel/Hamas conflict:
“The next president must continue to pay attention to diversity but avoid bureaucratizing it or creating rigid rules. Since private universities are not bound by the First Amendment, a president can establish norms such as prohibiting calling for genocide of any people; but he or she must be careful that they do not jeopardize free speech that is fundamental to the institution. Private institutions can establish their own norms but should stay as close as possible to the First Amendment…
“Every country has the right to defend its own borders, and the Hamas atrocity of October 7 meant that Israel had to react strongly. But overreaction is a mistake, because for every civilian killed in a counterterrorism operation, there is a danger of creating a next-generation terrorist. Terrorism is like jujitsu. The smaller player tries to exploit the strength of the stronger player against itself. This is the trap that Hamas set for Benjamin Netanyahu, and he fell into it. A smarter strategy would have involved a more targeted approach with more attention to reducing civilian casualties. As American Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, there is a danger of winning the tactical battle and losing the strategic war.”