Wednesday, March 22nd | 29 Adar 5783

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2022


Natalie Kahn


The president of Harvard Hillel and associate news editor for the Harvard Crimson, Natalie Kahn was in no doubt as to what she should do when the newspaper published an editorial in April 2022 endorsing the so-called “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement targeting Israel. “I am first and foremost a Jew; and in light of the role Israel plays in my people’s history as our homeland and haven from persecution, I am a Zionist, and I stand with Israel,” she wrote in an op-ed for the paper. Responding to queries as to whether she would quit her role at the paper, Kahn answered: “I have no intention of quitting.” While Israel “is not perfect, nor is any other country,” she wrote, the Crimson’s decision to support BDS neglected “our half of the story — and by extension our right to self-determination — while claiming to ‘oppose antisemitism.’” (Photo: Twitter)


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