The former governor of Maryland, Larry Hogan, a national co-chair of the No Labels political movement, sent Harvard President Claudine Gay a letter today letting her know that he is withdrawing from planned fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard School of Public Health. "I cannot condone the dangerous anti-Semitism that has taken root on your campus, especially by more than 30 Harvard student organizations attempting to justify and celebrate Hamas' terrorism against innocent Israeli and American civilians," Hogan wrote.
"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. While these students have a right to free speech, they do not have a right to have hate speech go unchallenged by your institution. Harvard's failure to immediately and forcefully denounce the anti-Semitic vitriol from these students is in my opinion a moral stain on the University," he wrote.
"The lessons of history are clear: we must all do our part to take a clear stand in the face of genocidal acts against the Jewish people or any group. There is no 'both sides' when it comes to the murder, rape, and kidnapping of innocent women and children. I believe strongly that in this matter there is no room for justification or equivocation," he wrote.
"I am hereby withdrawing from my participation in the Harvard University fellowship program. This is not a step I take lightly, but 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."