Harvard Rabbi Confronts Graduation Speaker Onstage After Antisemitic Remarks

Rabbi Hirsi Zarki of the Chabad sect of Harvard University spoke out against Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa onstage at Harvard’s commencement ceremony on Thursday after she used anti-Semitic language in her speech.

Ressa was selected to speak despite his controversial comments about the Gaza war, which critics called anti-Semitic. Washington Free Beacon report For example, Ressa compared Israel to Nazi Germany.

In his speech, Ressa warned the graduates about social media platforms being used to help “fascists and tyrants” win democratic elections. He floated the conspiracy theory that “Russian disinformation” tipped the scales in favor of Trump in the 2016 presidential election and blamed Silicon Valley’s “tech bros” for feeding misinformation to the Capitol rioters on January 6, 2021.

She later responded to those who criticized her views as anti-Semitic, saying, “The people who called her anti-Semitic are those who want power and money.”

The video below begins with the relevant part of her remarks.

After her speech, Rabbi Zarchi approached her and asked her to clarify her remarks about “power and money.” He was not satisfied with her response and left the stage. The confrontation begins with the relevant moment in the video below.

Rabbi Zarki later Said of Harvard Crimson Ressa declined to explain his comments.

Zarchi said he was unable to properly hear Ressa’s response because the ceremony was underway, but decided to leave the stage when it became clear that Ressa was not responding to requests to publicly clarify his remarks. Zarchi, who was initially seated on the stage, was seen leaving during a benediction by Pewsey County Reverend Matthew Ichihashi Potts.

In his statement, Zark criticized Ressa’s support for students, arguing that he was ignoring students who “hijacked” graduation ceremonies to support protesters. Violated Harvard policyBoth student speakers gave statements that differed from the scripts they had submitted to the university to express support for the sanctioned students.

“It would have been nice to have at least one speaker who represented the overwhelming majority of students and attendees who are disgusted by the disruptors and hateful violators,” he wrote.

Earlier, as many as 1,000 pro-Palestinian protesters walked out of the graduation ceremony in protest.

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