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Jewish Insider: McKinsey Withdraws Support for Harvard Conference Featuring Linda Sarsour

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The Jewish Insider reports that the consulting firm McKinsey & Company has withdrawn its support for a recent conference organized by the Harvard Arab Alumni Association featuring Linda Sarsour, an Islamist activist with a long history of promoting hostility toward Israel and its supporters of the United States. The website reports:

The consulting giant McKinsey & Company announced on Monday that it “stepped away” from last weekend’s Arab Conference at Harvard after learning of antisemitic views of one of its speakers. 

The firm’s statement followed a Jewish Insider report from the McKinsey-sponsored conference, where speakers including former Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) urged students to protest “apartheid” Israel. 

“When we learned late last week that a speaker at an event our recruiting team was sponsoring at Harvard University had a history of anti-Semitic comments, we immediately stepped away from the conference, canceled our in-person recruiting meeting and withdrew two speakers from the program,” the statement said. “We condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and stand for inclusion and tolerance everywhere.”

The full article can be read here.

Linda Sarsour in 2017. (Photo Dexter Van Zile)

Focus on Western Islamism (FWI) reported that the insurance giant GEICO cancelled an online diversity seminar at which Sarsour was scheduled to speak in April 2022. The cancellation took place after online activists from StopAntisemitism.org posted a screenshot of a company email promoting the event on Twitter. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) objected to GEICO’s decision to cancel the event, which was praised by Muslim reformers Asra Nomani and Zuhdi Jasser. “GEICO didn’t know how unpleasant Sarsour was, but they did the right thing upon finding out,” Jasser wrote in FWI.

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