Harvard University is set to host a UN Special Rapporteur who has been banned from entering Israel after she justified Hamas’ slaughter on October 7.
The contentious Ivy League, who has already been embroiled in its own antisemitism row thanks to its former president Claudine Gay, is hosting an online seminar to hear Francesca Albanese’s opinions on the current situation in the Gaza.
Italy-born Albanese, 47, posted this month saying that the 1,200 Israelis who were massacred by terrorists were ‘not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.’
She is now a featured speaker for Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy session, named ‘A Conversation with Francesca Albanese.’ It will be hosted online at 4pm, and will also feature the center’s Faculty Director Mathias Risse.
The contentious Ivy League, who has already been embroiled in its own antisemitism row thanks to its former president Claudine Gay, is hosting an online seminar to hear Francesca Albanese’s (pictured) opinions on the current situation in the Gaza
The event description on Harvard’s website reads: ‘Join us for a virtual conversation with UN Special Rapporteur, Francesca Albanese, as she discusses her perspective on the current situation in the Gaza area as well as her experiences working on the protection of Palestinian refugees and migrants.’
According to the Times of Israel, Francesca Albanese is officially banned from entering the country. The Interior Ministry refused to issue her a visa.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz and Interior Minister Moshe Arbel said in a statement: ‘The era of Jews being silent is over.
‘If the UN wants to return to being a relevant body, its leaders must publicly disavow the anti-Semitic words of the ‘Special Envoy’ – and fire her permanently.
‘Preventing her from entering Israel might remind her of the real reason why Hamas slaughtered babies, women and adult.’
Over the weekend, Albanese posted on X in response to French President Emmanuel Macron calling the October 7 attack an ‘anti-Semitic massacre.’
She wrote, in French: ‘The ‘greatest anti-Semitic massacre of our century’? No, Mr. @EmmanuelMacron. The victims of 10/7 were not killed because of their Judaism, but in response to Israel’s oppression.’
A bipartisan group of members of Congress called on the UN to remove Albanese last year. The group wrote: ‘Ms. Albanese has repeatedly refused to condemn terrorist attacks against Israelis while continuing her condemnations of Israel.
According to the Times of Israel, Francesca Albanese is officially banned from entering the country. The Interior Ministry refused to issue her a visa
‘For an official tasked with serving as an independent, neutral, and expert voice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, her inexcusable silence against terrorism targeting Israelis and her outrageous and prejudicial remarks clearly reflect the irredeemable bias of her mandate.’
Just days ago, the Israeli military said it has discovered tunnels underneath the main headquarters of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in Gaza City, alleging that Hamas militants used the space as an electrical supply room.
The unveiling of the tunnels marked the latest chapter in Israel’s campaign against the embattled agency, which it accuses of collaborating with Hamas.
Recent Israeli allegations that a dozen staff members participated in the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 plunged the agency into a financial crisis, prompting major donor states to suspend their funding as well as twin investigations.
The agency says that Israel has also frozen its bank account, embargoed aid shipments and cancelled its tax benefits.
The army invited journalists to view the tunnel on Thursday, a visit that did not prove definitively that Hamas militants operated in the tunnels underneath the UNWRA facility, but did show that at least a portion of the tunnel ran underneath the facility’s courtyard.
Claudine Gay, 53, resigned in January after months of questions about her leadership.
She will remain a member of the university staff and return to a teaching role at the department of political science, and keep a similar salary.
Gay, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, became the first black person to lead Harvard when she took over as president on July 1.
On December 10, as she was dealing with criticism of her Congressional testimony on antisemitism on campus, conservative activist Christopher Rufo published on his newsletter accusations that she had plagiarized portions of her 1997 doctoral thesis.
Republican lawmaker Elise Stefanik grilled the presidents of Harvard, MIT and UPenn about antisemitism, and led calls for Gay to resign based on her refusal to categorize calls for genocide of Jews as harassment.
The House have since launched a probe that will also look at a litany of allegations of plagiarism against Gay, which span 24 years.