Bari Weiss: ‘At Harvard, Fatphobia Constitutes Violence;’ Anti-Semitism ‘Requires Context’
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Harvard University found itself in the social media crosshairs — over its own published policies — after university President Claudine Gay struggled to call out students who have joined protests calling for the genocide of Jews.

Gay joined leaders from other prestigious universities — such as University of Pennsylvania’s Elizabeth Magill — who had equal difficulty condemning students who called for Jewish genocide, claiming that “context” was necessary to determine whether such calls constituted “harassment” or “bullying.”

But as several people pointed out, Harvard’s Title IX training for undergraduate students warns them that comments that are intended to belittle other students could be considered abusive — and they could face disciplinary action for using such language.

“At Harvard, ‘fatphobia’ constitutes violence. But ‘globalize the intifada’ requires context,” independent journalist Bari Weiss.


According to one of the news stories featured in The Free Press’ video, Harvard’s Title IX training warns undergraduate students that disciplinary action may be taken if they promote “sizeism,” “fatphobia,” “cisheterosexism,” or “ableism.” That type of language, according to the university, would “contribute to an environment that perpetuates violence” and may be considered “abuse” and a violation of the school’s Title IX policies.

“Welcome to @Harvard. Calling for the g*noc*de of Jews doesn’t violate school policy but students can be disciplined for being ‘fatphobic’ because it constitutes abuse and ‘perpetuates violence,'” Libs of TikTok posted.


“Columbia and other top universities have held symposiums discussing the dangers of humor and the growing need for more censorship of comedy. They take jokes more seriously than genocide,” Seth Dillon pointed out.

“Calling people by the wrong pronouns is abuse and harassment but not calling for the genocide of Jews,” David Friedman observed.

“At Ivy League universities, ‘misgendering’ is considered violence and making true but politically incorrect statements can be a fireable offense. But calling for the genocide of Jews is just ‘free speech,'” Jason Bedrick said.

“Supreme Court case proved that at Harvard, specifically targeting Asians and making it harder for them to get in because of the color of their skin was not considered by their administrators as prejudice,” Pradheep Shanker said. “So let’s be clear: they have ZERO credibility on these issues.”

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