"Right and wrong are the same in Palestine as anywhere else.
What is peculiar about the Palestine conflict is that the world has
listened to the party that has committed the offence and has turned a
deaf ear to the victims."
–Prof. Arnold Toynbee, Foreword to the Transformation of Palestine, 1971
"Israel may have the right to put others on trial, but certainly
no one has the right to put the Jewish people and the State of Israel
"Well, it’s a trick, we always use it. When from Europe somebody
is criticizing Israel then we bring up the holocaust. When in this
country US) people are criticizing Israel then they are anti-Semitic.
And the organization (Israel Lobby) is very strong and has lot of
money. And the ties between Israel and American Jewish establishment
are very strong – and they are strong in this country as you know. And
they have power which is ok."
–Shulamit Aloni, Former Israeli Minister of Education, On Democracy Now, August 14, 2002
Honorable President of Harvard University Dr. Drew Faust
Honorable Members of the Board of Directors
Harvard Faculty Members
Harvard Student Organizations
Dear Madame President Faust;
I must strenuously and in the strongest terms possible protest the
silence and inaction of Harvard University toward the outrageous,
inhumane, offensive, even racist eugenic proposal that Dr. Martin
Kramer, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard made during his speech at the
Israeli Herzliya Conference on January 31, 2010.
In that speech Dr. Kramer implored the West to stop its Pro Natal
services to the already besieged and starving Gaza Palestinian pregnant
mothers and infants as a method of controlling the rapid birth rate in
Gaza as a matter of political and social policy. To him such control
will naturally lead to a decrease in the radicalization of Palestinian
youth which he calls "superfluous men" as well as relieve the
"demographic threat" to Israel’s Jewish identity.
How racist is the term "superfluous men" to describe young
Palestinian men who are constant fodder for Israeli soldier’s bullets,
missiles, and tank shells (as soldiers themselves have told "Break the
Silence" group of former IDF Soldiers) as unnecessary and wasteful
Dr. Kramer’s eugenic proposal not to provide Pro Natal care, which I
take he means Pre and Post Natal care, is tantamount to genocide of
fetuses and infants. Pregnant mothers would not receive the preventive
care, regular OB exams, nutritional guidance (such as providing Folic
Acid and Vitamins given their already malnourished state), appropriate
vaccines or a healthy medically supervised delivery in hospitals, which
all are damaged by Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008-2009. Infants would
not receive the necessary medical care, or intensive care if necessary
(difficult given the lack of electricity, oxygen, or antibiotics in
Gaza), regular immunizations, nutritional guidance, or regular
Pediatric checkups. Dr. Kramer shouldn’t worry about a Palestinian
population explosion; Israel’s militarily with our tax dollars and
weapons is determined not to leave any Palestinian child behind.
His proposal meets the accepted definition of eugenics, passive
euthanasia, and genocide and no amount of spin cover up,
rationalization, justification, taken out of context lies; nor the
canard of Freedom of Speech that’s available to Pro Israelite hate
mongers to the exclusion of Pro Justice proponents for Palestinians and
peace in the Holy Land.
In addition to Israel’s three year physical devastating siege of
Gaza, Dr. Kramer is proposing another physical and medical siege, this
time of a Palestinian woman’s womb that would ultimately result in a
secondary ethnic cleansing of Palestinians that has continued unabated
In Harvard as elsewhere, Academic Freedom and Free Speech means
never having to say Israel is wrong, or that Israel defies all divine
and human laws, or that Israel’s occupation and theft of Palestinian
land is illegal and immoral, and Israel’s wars upon a captive
population under its control is tantamount to "war crimes, nor that the
Israel Lobby dominates the formulation of our foreign policy in the
Middle East and the Islamic world. To them it’s Baghdad, next stop is
No politician, academic institution, or American citizen dare have
an honest public discourse on our self destructive relationship with
Israel. Even the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board confirmed that the
Muslim world doesn’t hate our freedoms but hates our blind policy of
In describing freedom of speech the famous Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote:
"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
Contrary to Dr. Kramer’s assertion and his defense by WCFIA
controlling or preventing a population’s birth right and rate meets the
definition of Genocide according to the First Geneva Convention Against
Genocide which states:
"This convention bans acts committed with the intent to destroy,
in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religion group…imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group".
Dr. Kramer need not worry that Gaza’s children are growing up
healthy, safe, able to go to school, eat right, receive medical care,
play, or even visit family, given Israel’s persistent military attacks,
invasions, and total blockade of Gaza. During the unprovoked onslaught
on Gaza a year ago Israel killed hundreds of infants and children. That
is why the Goldstone report accusing Israel of committing war crimes
never appeared in TV news or most of our print media. Neither will the
media report on Dr. Kramer’s speech or the angst of many Americans who
find it abhorrent and offensive.
While Israel destroys the lives of current Palestinian children, Dr.
Kramer seeks to ensure the end of future Palestinian children.
In fact Palestinian children are living breathing beings who often
serve as fodder and target practice for Israel’s soldiers. (Guardian,
Nov. 24, 2004: "Israeli Officer: I was right to shoot 13 year old
Chris Hedges, the famed journalist, author, and war correspondent
who was also a Neimen Fellow at Harvard and served for years as MidEast
Bureau Chief for the New York Times horrifically captured the plight of
Palestinian children in Gaza in a Harper Magazine article titled, "A
Gaza Diary", October 2001.
"It was in Gaza, where I lived for weeks at a time
during the seven years I spent in the Middle East, that I came to know
the dark side of the Israeli Defense Force….Children have been shot in
other conflicts I have covered-death squads gunned them down in El
Salvador and Guatemala, mothers with infants were lined up and
massacred in Algeria, and Serb snipers put children in their sights and
watched them crumple onto the pavement in Sarajevo-but I have never
before watched soldiers (IDF) entice children like mice into a trap and
murder them for sport."
Madame President, imagine the outrage in Harvard and among worldwide
Jewish groups if a Harvard Muslim Professor suggested that limiting
Jewish births in the U.S. will lead to a dramatic decline in their
political, financial, and media clout thereby ending their stranglehold
on U.S. foreign policy and its blind support of the rogue state of
Israel. How long before you, Madame President, the Board of Trustees,
Deans, Faculty, the ADL, AIPAC, ZOA, JDL, JINSA, WINEP, and the
mainstream media would be calling for his Anti-Semitic head not just to
be fired, even with tenure.
Madame, you’d be the first to initiate the firing of such a person
who’ll be blacklisted never again to find academic employment in this
country. Such is the power of Pro Israelite’s wrath.
Again, I am under no illusion that you or Harvard’s Board of
Trustees would even consider the slightest reprimand against Dr. Kramer
for his most offensive call to limit the freedom for Palestinians to
procreate lest their population growth translates into future political
violence, an argument used effectively for years by Apartheid South
Dr. Kramer enjoys the protection of rich philanthropic donors to
Harvard, Jewish colleagues and superiors, Jewish organizations, and a
But, in the larger scheme of education which is the foundation of
any civilization is Harvard’s mission and responsibility to its
students, community, and the world; to teach the truth on any subject
or at least present both sides of an argument, to stand up for the
principles of freedom and equality for all, for justice, for world
peace, constructive dialogue, respect for human life and human rights,
respect for the law and due process; or is Harvard akin to all
institutions in our capitalistic money corrupted society where special
interest groups with money and power determine the content of our
education and the extent of our freedoms.. If so, who will speak for
and advocate for the voiceless, the invisible poor, the homeless and
This is the issue and challenge for our times. Will we lend an ear
and voice for those who have no money to endow chairs, hold no high
positions in the government, think tanks, banking and financial
institutions, the media and the entertainment industry?
Have we all lost our souls for the expediency and reward of the moment at the expense of others and our future?
Given that our nation’s future demographics will result in today’s
minorities becoming tomorrow’s majorities, should we adopt Dr. Kramer’s
proposal and limit by any means necessary the procreation of our
Hispanic, African American and Asian populations?
How will such a future majority impact our relationship with Israel and the power of the Israel Lobby upon our foreign policy?
If Harvard remains silent regarding Dr. Kramer’s speech, as I expect
it will, perhaps we should recall Elie Wiesel’s hypocritical statement:
"Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
The famous Harvard graduate John Kennedy once said:
"The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate,
contrived and dishonest; but the myth, persistent, persuasive and
How tragic that in Harvard there is no longer a commitment to
Veritas or Justice. Fear and the maintenance of the status quo have
become the corruptive regressive tools of an outstanding institution
denying its bright young minds the dream of a brighter, safer, and
peaceful future for this fragile planet.
With all due respect to you, the Board of Trustees, Faculty and students of our beloved Harvard, I remain.
Note: Martin Kramer is Senior Fellow at the Shalem
Center in Jerusalem, and President-Designate of Shalem College (in
formation). He is also the Wexler-Fellow at The Washington Institute
for Near East Policy, and National Security Security Studies Program
Visiting Scholar at Harvard University.
Dr. Kramer was also former editor of the Middle East
Quarterly a publication of the Middle East Forum founded by Daniel
Pipes founder of campuswatch.org which "monitors" universities and
scholars who teach Middle East Studies. lest they, God forbid, describe
Israel in its true historical colors.
M. Kramer’s blog which contains his speech and the defense of his
speech by the Directors of WCFIA at Harvard where he is a Visiting
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA) at Harvard where
Dr. Kramer is described as Visiting Scholar, National Security Studies
Program. Former Director, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and
African Studies, Tel Aviv University.
From the Electronic Intafada website which brought the issue to the attention of WCFIA at Harvard:
"In her initial response to a query from the Electronic
Intifada regarding Dr. Kramer’s speech, Professor Beth Simmons, the
director of WCFIA, wrote, "I agree with your assessment of the appalling nature of these [Kramer’s] statements," but added, "the
WCFIA does not have a policy of censoring or censuring our affiliates
on the basis of their opinions." Simmons also stated, "I very much hope
you bring these [Kramer’s] words to the attention of others affiliated
with the WCFIA, Harvard and the broader community, where I hope they
will garner their just reaction." She encouraged individuals to
make their concerns known to Professor Stephen Rosen, who is in charge
of the National Security Studies Program of which Kramer is a fellow.
Naturally and as expected the Directors of WCFIA reversed their assessment from "appalling" to defending the "appalling" speech.
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* Mohamed Khodr M.D., M.P.H. is a political activist who
frequently writes on the plight of Palestinians living under the brutal
occupation of Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy, Islam, and Arab politics.