US black scholar resigns from Harvard due to ‘hostility’ toward Palestinians
African American philosopher and political activist Cornel West has announced his resignation from Harvard University, citing “spiritual rot” and "hostility" toward Palestinians in the oldest US university.
West, 68, taught at Harvard’s law and divinity schools, as well as in its department of African and African American studies.
The public intellectual published his resignation letter on Twitter on Monday, saying Harvard rejected his tenure application because of his critical stance on Israel and support for the Palestinian cause.
Since starting at Harvard in the 1994, West said, he's seen a decline in the university's culture and treatment of students and staff.
“How sad it is to see our beloved Harvard Divinity School in such decline and decay,” West wrote in his resignation letter.
In the letter, he claimed part of Harvard's rejection was based on its "hostility" toward Palestinians. West has been outspoken about Palestinian rights.
"And to witness a faculty enthusiastically support a candidate for tenure then timidly defer to rejection based on the Harvard administration's hostility toward the Palestinian cause was disgusting," West wrote.
According to the Harvard Crimson daily student newspaper, the university has invested nearly $200 million in companies “tied to the Israeli occupation of Palestine” and supported the Tel Aviv regime’s policies of land expropriation in the occupied Palestinian territories.