MK Tzipi Livni was subjected to verbal abuse during an appearance at Havard University, which a campus newspaper branded as anti-Semitic.
During a question-and-answer session, a student leader mocked Livni, asking her, “How is it that you are so smelly?”
When his question drew stunned silence, he clarified his “question.”
“A question about the odor of Ms. Tzipi Livni, she’s very smelly, and I was just wondering.”
The Harvard Law Record on Monday condemned it as an anti-Semitic incident, which occurred at a panel discussion in Harvard Law School last Thursday. The Mideast expert Dennis Ross was also a participant. The newspaper noted that the comments “revived the antiquated and offensive notion of the ‘smelly Jew’ – a term reeking of anti-Semitism – in order to insult her.”
The paper noted that the discussion focused on the Arab-Israeli conflict, attracting anti-Israel students like the organization president at the center of the incident.
“Discussions about Israel cannot devolve into ad hominem attacks against Jews…The stereotype of ‘the Jew’ as ‘smelly’ or ‘dirty’ has been around since at least the 1800s. The Nazis promoted the idea that Jews ‘smell’ to propagandize Jews as an inferior people…The fact that such a hate-filled and outdated stereotype reemerged at Harvard Law School is nothing short of revolting.”
Meanwhile, in a separate development, the British National Union of Students elected a known terrorist sympathizer as its president on Wednesday, Arutz Sheva reported.
Malia Bouattia, a radical anti-Israel activist, became the new head of the NUS, which represents some 600 local student unions across the U.K., more than 95% of British college students.
In the past, Bouattia has voiced support for violent attacks on Israelis and blocked passage of a motion condemning the terrorist organization ISIS.
The UK Zionist Federation expressed dismay at Bouattia’s election, noting that it legitimized the same kind of rhetoric used by white supremacist movements.
“This is a deeply challenging day for Jewish students,” Zionist Federation Chairman Paul Charney said. “[T]he NUS has unequivocally voted for a candidate whose rhetoric and views on Jews and ‘Zionists’ echo those of any classic right-wing white supremacist.”