Larry Summers ‘lost confidence’ in Harvard as ‘place where Jews can flourish’ after task force pick

Harvard President Emeritus Lawrence Summers said he has “lost confidence” in Harvard’s leadership “to maintain Harvard as a place where Jews and Israelis can flourish” in the wake of the university’s anti-semitism task force decision.

The Ivy League university announced on Friday that it was establishing two “presidential task forces: one devoted to combating antisemitism and one devoted to combating Islamophobia and anti-Arab bias.” While they have different focuses, both groups are tasked with examining recent history and “current manifestations of bias,” finding foundations for “bias-based behavior on campus,” considering evidence, and putting forward solutions. Professor Derek Penslar was named co-chairman for the Presidential Task Force on Combating Antisemitism, much to the frustration of Summers.

“I believe that given his record, he is unsuited to leading a task force whose function is to combat what is seen by many as a serious anti-Semitism problem at Harvard,”
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