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Harvard Professor Resigns from Pro-Palestine Groups After Facing Backlash for Antisemitic Post



Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

Harvard University Professor Resigns from Adviser Roles Amid Anti-Semitic Image Controversy

Walter Johnson, a prominent professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University, has stepped down from his position as a faculty adviser to the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) and Harvard Faculty and Staff for Justice in Palestine (FSJP) following a backlash over the sharing of an anti-Semitic image by the groups.

Johnson’s wife, history professor Alison Frank Johnson, confirmed his decision to resign from both groups. The PSC released a statement clarifying that Johnson’s term as adviser had ended in the spring and he had chosen not to renew.

Interim Harvard President Alan M. Garber condemned the anti-Semitic image in a university-wide email, stating that there is no place for hate speech or discrimination on campus. FSJP initially listed Johnson as the first signatory in their founding statement, but removed the list of members from their website after the controversy erupted.

FSJP issued an apology on Instagram for sharing the post containing the anti-Semitic image, while the PSC and the African and African American Resistance Organization issued a joint statement expressing regret for the harm caused. Both groups pledged to stand against all forms of hate and bigotry.

Harvard University is now facing criticism as discussions about the inclusion of the image continue. The incident has sparked a larger conversation about anti-Semitism and the importance of fostering an inclusive and respectful campus community.

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As the university grapples with this controversy, many are calling for greater awareness and education on issues of discrimination and prejudice to prevent similar incidents in the future. Harvard has yet to announce any specific actions or measures in response to the incident.

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