Professor Matory and Larry Summers

Professor L. Roland Matory of Harvard, the subject of Richard L. Cravatts' AT article today, is further revealed in this  post by Hillel Stavis, owner of the former Wordsworth Bookstore, a favorite hangout of mine in Harvard Square in years past, on Solomonia (hat tip: Powerline).

Attending a recent lecture by Matory, Stavis was stunned to find himself attacked by name on apparently false grounds. He goes on to describe this other and even more disturbing aspect of the lecture:

But what is most disturbing about Professor Matory's apparent obsession with Israel and Jews (at one point he referred to "a moneyed and media connected American Israeli defense force" - I guess we can dispense with the usual coded language observation) is the unavoidable realization that for Professor Matory who was at the epicenter of ousting Larry Summers, ostensibly for sexist remarks, Israel was the primary trigger. It seems clear that for Professor Matory, Summers' original sin was his opposition to the Harvard divestment - from - Israel campaign expressed long before his (in)famous speech on women in the sciences.

It would seem that Professor Matory has a bad case of Jews-on-the brain. He is beset by Israeli colonizers and their minions on campus: Practitioners of "character assassination, dis-invitation, and other losses of career opportunities campaign contributions, income or friends, and, above all, the damage done by fervent Zionists to the process of intellectual inquiry and debate in this university". By dis-invitation, he was referring to the wide opposition to the Harvard English Department's invitation to Tom Paulin, an Irish poet who has called for the murder of all Jewish settlers, including men, women and children (a position predictably skipped over by the Professor). Continuing his breathless rant he claimed that even his teaching compensation was not off limits for the vaporous cabal: "Even my annual salary is set by officials who appear to feel threatened by my bringing up this issue."
Hat tip: Dennis Sevakis
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