Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi said Harvard University is failing to protect the Jewish community at a Hanukkah event attended by embattled president Claudine Gay on Wednesday night.
“It pains me to have to say, sadly, that Jew-hate and anti-Semitism is thriving on this campus,” Zarchi said at the menorah lighting ceremony. “26 years I’ve given my life to this community. I’ve never felt so alone.”
Gay faced calls to be ousted from her position amid controversy following anti-Israel demonstrations and letters circulating on campus and after accusations of plagiarism and a controversial Congressional testimony on anti-Semitism in colleges and universities.
Zarchi said the last time Gay was with his organization was during their annual large Shabbat meal on October 13.
“We heard how Harvard pledges to have our back,” he said recalling what Gay told attendees during that event. “We didn’t feel it last night.”
Zarchi spoke of several instances where he felt he was targeted in recent weeks including during the previous night’s lighting when a woman interrupted and screamed that anti-Semitism is a “hoax.”
The Jewish Harvard Chaplain said he was advised by the Harvard Police to get security to protect his family…