Skip to comments.Harvard cancels poet appearance after students complain about Israel remarks
Posted on 11/12/2002 4:49:54 PM PST by RCW2001
JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press Writer
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
©2002 Associated Press
(11-12) 16:43 PST BOSTON (AP) --
After student complaints, Harvard University said Tuesday it had canceled a reading by an Irish poet who compared U.S.-born settlers in the West Bank to Nazis and said they should be "shot dead."
Tom Paulin, an Oxford University lecturer, was scheduled to appear Thursday as part of the English Department's Morris Gray Lecture series.
But in an e-mail to English majors Tuesday, department chair Lawrence Buell said the reading had been canceled "by mutual consent of the poet and the English Department."
Buell also apologized for the "widespread consternation" the invitation to Paulin had caused. He said Paulin was invited last winter, before his controversial remarks, solely because of his poetic achievements.
Benjamin Solomon-Schwartz, undergraduate president of Harvard Hillel, said he was heartened by the university's decision, adding Paulin's comments crossed the line between opinion and "being inhumane."
In April, Paulin was quoted in the Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram Weekly, saying American Jewish settlers should be "shot dead."
"I think they are Nazis, racists, I feel nothing but hatred for them," he said.
In the same interview, Paulin said he understands "how suicide bombers feel," but suggested guerrilla warfare would be more effective because attacks on civilians could create a sense a solidarity.
In his poem "Killed in the Crossfire," he writes of "another little Palestinian boy in trainers jeans and a white teeshirt" killed by the "Zionist SS."
Paulin did not respond to phone messages at Columbia University, where he is teaching this semester, or an e-mail message requesting comment. In April, he told The Daily Telegraph of London in a letter that his views had been distorted.
"I do not support attacks on Israeli civilians under any circumstances," he wrote. "I am in favor of the current efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."
©2002 Associated Press
Those pukes have no spine and no respect for free speech. They are beneath contempt.
The power of the internet is demonstrated once again.
He's teaching at Columbia! Nobody mentioned that in the stuff I read yesterday.
Imagine the gall of this guy --- and of the chair of the Engish Department at Columbia who must have invited him over from London. Shortly after 911 Paulin was calling for the outright murder of American Jews in Israel, specifically identifying "Brooklyn" Jews as the objects of his ire. And now, here he is, a 30 minute subway ride from Brooklyn, teaching kids the finer points of free verse and, one assumes, holding himself out as a role model for future poets --- the killing kind of poet.
Do the Jews in Brooklyn --- a large community --- know he is at Columbia? I sure hope they know it now!
A bourgeois poet type!
Get real! The ______________ while pithy and likeable in person are overwhelmingly socialist in outlook. As a group they are pretty good at using disarming sarcasm to cover their real feelings.
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Visiting Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Should you desire to contact Mr. Paulin you can do so at email@example.com
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