I guess their trip to Israel, sponsored in part by the Boston Jewish federation and Harvard's Hillel, included the visit trip to Ramallah to allow an understanding of the Palestinian "narrative" (oh, how I hate that word) as part of the educational purposes of the trip.
As I noted in my column,
One of the Harvard students, by the name of Kelsey, last week defended her participation in the Arafat grave visit on the grounds that, “Acknowledging one person’s lived experience neither negates nor diminishes another person's lived experience.”
Actually, Kelsey, you have not at all acknowledged Arafat’s “lived experience”—you did not write anything about the mass murders and maimings he perpetrated. And you have indeed negated and diminished “another person’s lived experience”—you have negated and diminished the suffering of his victims and their families. Until you understand that, you have learned nothing from your years of learning in the prestigious halls of Harvard.I pray that this does not become a trend. Read the full column here.