THIRTY-ONE Harvard organizations including college’s Amnesty International affiliate blame Israel for Hamas’ brutal terror attack which has killed more than 700 people: ‘Something is deeply, deeply wrong in academia’
- The groups have placed the blame on Israel for Hamas’ brutal, surprise attack that has killed at least 700 Israelis
- They claim that Saturday’s events ‘did not happen in a vacuum’ and claimed that the Israeli government has forced Palestinians to live in ‘an open-air prison’
- It comes just a day after a professor was forced to apologize for implying the Hamas attack on Israel was an attempt to distract from ‘Netanyahu’s corruption’
A group of 31 Harvard organizations, including the Ivy League institution’s affiliate of Amnesty International, has placed the blame on Israel for Hamas’ brutal, surprise attack that has killed at least 700 Israelis.
The letter, released to the public as a ‘Joint Statement by Harvard Palestine Solidarity Groups on the Situation in Palestine.’
They claim that the attacks, which are still ongoing, ‘did not happen in a vacuum’ and claimed that the Israeli government has forced Palestinians to live in ‘an open-air prison’ for over two decades.’
‘We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence,’ the groups wrote.
It’s another moment of contention for the school in the wake of the attack, just a day after a professor was forced to apologize for implying the Hamas attack on Israel was an attempt to distract from Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘own corruption.’
The Palestine Solidarity Committee holding banners outside the prestigious college
The groups then repeat a familiar trope of the left in accusing the Israeli government of forcing Palestine to live under an apartheid state.
‘The apartheid regime is the only one to blame. Israeli violence has structured every aspect of Palestinian existence for 75 years,’ they continue.
‘From systematized land seizures to routine airstrikes, arbitrary detentions to military checkpoints, and enforced family separations to targeted killings, Palestinians have been forced to live in a state of death, both slow and sudden.’
Despite the hundreds dead in Israel, including at least four Americans, the groups’ asked for an end to brutalization of Palestinians to conclude the letter.
‘Today, the Palestinian ordeal enters into uncharted territory. The coming days will require a firm stand against colonial retaliation. We call on the Harvard community to take action to stop the ongoing annihilation of Palestinians.’
The Palestine Solidarity Committee has held inflammatory events in relation to the conflict, including protests, an ‘Apartheid Week’ and a ‘Boycott Israel Trek.’
The group has also taken credit for getting the Harvard Crimson – the school’s long-running student newspaper – to support BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel.
The groups include the school’s African American Resistance Organization, Amnesty International, ‘Harvard Act on a Dream,’ groups of Muslim and South Asian students from the Kennedy and Chan schools, the Harvard Islamic Society and Harvard Jews for Liberation.
Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions, blasted the organizations in a tweet.
The Palestine Solidarity Committee has held inflammatory events in relation to the conflict, including protests, an ‘Apartheid Week’ and a ‘Boycott Israel Trek’
The group has also taken credit for getting the Harvard Crimson – the school’s long-running student newspaper – to support BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel
The letter, released to the public, was signed by several groups making up the school’s ‘Palestine Solidarity Committee’
The groups include the school’s African American Resistance Organization, Amnesty International, ‘Harvard Act on a Dream,’ groups of Muslim and South Asian students from the Kennedy and Chan schools, the Harvard Islamic Society and Harvard Jews for Liberation
Robert P. George, a professor at Princeton of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions, blasted the organizations in a tweet
’31–yes 31–Harvard organizations have declared that the murders, rapes, kidnappings, and other atrocities committed by Hamas against innocent people are in no way the fault of Hamas, but are rather entirely the fault of … Israel. Something is deeply, deeply wrong in academia,’ he wrote.
It comes just a day after Harvard Emeritus Professor Laurence Tribe, who teaches constitutional law, posted the remark on X, formerly Twitter, only hours after a surprise Hamas attack on Israel.
Militants opened fire killing dozens of civilians and soldiers near the Gaza strip, early Saturday morning.
Tribe expressed his remorse for what he called an ‘ill-informed’ claim and quickly deleted the post.
Those who saw it were outraged calling the professor an ‘idiot’ who needs to ‘go commit’ himself somewhere.
Liberal political commentator Keith Olbermann also criticized Tribe’s claims, calling it ‘moronic and indefensible,’ Fox News reported.
Pictured: Harvard Emeritus Professor Laurence Tribe, who teaches constitutional law, posted the remark on X, formerly Twitter , only hours after a surprise Hamas attack on Israel early Saturday
A fiery explosion on a Palestinian apartment building following an air strike by Israel in Gaza City following an attack in Israel by militant Hamas rulers
A crying child in her fathers arms stands in front of a building decimated by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City early Saturday morning
Reporter Julie Kelly was one of those outraged by Tribe’s post and told him to ‘go commit yourself somewhere’
Several Israeli news outlets, citing rescue service officials, said at least 700 people have been killed in Israel, including 44 soldiers. Attacks continued into Sunday and Monday, with the nation’s Iron Dome intercepting continuous waves of rockets.
A thousand Hamas militants took part in the initial, unprecedented attack on Israel on Saturday, Conricus said.
The Gaza Health Ministry said 413 people, including 78 children and 41 women, were killed in the territory.
About 2,000 people have been wounded on each side. An Israeli official said security forces have killed 400 militants and captured dozens more.
Conricus also confirmed that Americans, British and French people were involved in the carnage.
He said that children, babies, elderly people and disabled people were among those kidnapped.
‘We will focus all our efforts on the Gaza Strip and delivering a long, hard, tremendously powerful blow in Gaza,’ he said.
Hamas’ surprise attack on Saturday morning came just one day after the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Yom Kippur War, which saw Israel battle existential threats from hostile neighbors led by Egypt and Syria.
Israeli soldiers and civilians fought Hamas militants on the streets of southern Israel following a barrage of 2,000 rockets sent over the border by the Palestinian terrorists, in addition to a savage ground assault.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately declared a state of war and has since promised ‘mighty vengeance’ on Israel’s attackers that will end in victory for his country.
Israeli Defense Forces have begun bombarding key Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip and have issued warnings to civilians in certain regions to leave before a wave of retaliatory attacks begin.
Speaking on Saturday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning to Hamas militants: ‘I tell Hamas, you are responsible for the wellbeing of captives, Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them.’
An Israeli airstrike at a Hamas weapons depot in Gaza from Sunday night
After the attacks Saturday morning, Hamas took dozens of Israeli civilians hostage
Fire and smoke rise above buildings in Gaza City during an Israeli air strike on October 8, 2023. Israel, reeling from the deadliest attack on its territory in half a century, formally declared war on Hamas Sunday as the Israeli death toll surged past 700 after the Palestinian militant group launched a massive surprise assault from Gaza
Israelis walk by a blown up police station in Sderot that was destroyed during a battle with Hamas militants who had overtaken the building
Israeli soldier directs armored vehicles heading towards the southern border with the Gaza strip on October 8, 2023 in Sderot, Israel. The nation is preparing a full blown counteroffensive against the terrorist organization
Israel has no choice but to meet force with force. The Middle East’s only democracy has every right to defend itself (Pictured: Gaza on Sunday)
He promised to defeat the group, but said the war would ‘take time’, continuing: ‘What happened today has never been seen in Israel, we will take mighty vengeance for this black day.’
He vowed to reduce Gaza to ‘rubble,’ telling innocent Palestinians to leave immediately. Hamas, he said, will pay ‘a price it has never known.’
Joe Biden held a barbecue for his staff at the White House while at least four Americans were confirmed dead in the surprise attack by Hamas on Israel Saturday and Palestinian sympathizers protested at the president’s gates.
Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog confirmed earlier reporting that multiple Americans are missing after the Hamas attack.
Later Sunday, at least four Americans were confirmed dead.
Hamas is believed to be holding more than 100 hostages while the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are reporting more than 700 Israeli’s dead with 2,150 injured.
The terrorists gunned down as many revelers as possible and horrifying photos emerged of bodies piled up in a tent at the Supernova music festival near Kibbutz Re’im, close to the Gaza Strip.
Authorities believe 260 people were massacred at the event at which between 3-4,000 people were in attendance.
The full horror of what unfolded at the dance festival became clear as drone footage from above allowed for a birds eye view of the site.
More than 700 Israelis are now feared dead and thousands more have been injured following an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants.
The Jewish nation is now raining down fire on fighters in the Gaza Strip in a ruthless counteroffensive in the south while it also pounds Lebanon with artillery in the north.
In the deadliest day of violence in Israel in 50 years, the Middle Eastern country’s warplanes strafed densely populated Gaza City with bombs in retaliatory strikes.
Fire and smoke rise following an Israeli airstrike, in Gaza City
An Israeli soldier directs a self-propelled howitzer near the southern city of Ashkelon
Attendees at an outdoor party near Kibbutz Urim – the same one Hersh Golberg-Polin was at – flee for their lives after hearing gunshots
Hamas fighters have also taken an unknown number of civilians and soldiers captive into Gaza – including several US citizens, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Yesterday, brazen Hamas fighters knocked on the doors of residents who expected to find Israeli soldiers looking to reassure them about the air-raid sirens.
Instead the violence kickstarted one of the worst atrocities Israel has encountered in decades.
Innocent mothers with children, settlers and even the frail elderly found themselves the ‘war booty’ of the masked terrorists, who dragged them away at gunpoint.
Their actions – which horrified the international community – brought back grim reminders of masked Islamic State terrorists in Syria, who paraded hostages on social media before executing them.
But one Hamas leader hinted to the world that these hostages, whose number was well over 50 last night, would not be killed but be used as human bargaining chips to have their own prisoners in Israeli jails released.
One terrorism expert added that the captured Israelis could even be used as human shields to stop the Israeli air force – which began pounding Gaza yesterday – from blowing up certain targets.
Horrifying footage on social media showed terrified hostages being taken to Gaza by Hamas fighters, who chanted ‘Allahu akbar’ (God is great) as they led them away.
In New York, a pro-Palestine rally took place just after midday on Sunday, with one sympathizer flashing a Nazi swastika. The state’s Governor Kathy Hochul has condemned the protest.
Demonstrators are expected to take over Times Square – the social and cultural epicenter of New York – which is the city with the largest Jewish population in the world.
It was revealed this morning that a Boston college professor’s daughter and son-in-law were among those killed in Israel after a series of fierce attacks from Hamas.
Professor Ilan Troen, 83, recently retired from his role at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and moved to Israel to be with his family.
Israeli police officers evacuate a woman and a child from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon
Israeli civilians were purportedly taken off the street and driven back into Gaza
The Boston-born academic recalled how his daughter and son-in-law were killed by gunmen from the Gaza strip on Saturday – and how the pair managed to save their teenage son by flinging their bodies over him.
The family were together in a secure room inside their home when in was penetrated by Hamas fighters.
The young boy, Troen’s grandson, was shot in the abdomen and is in hospital.
Troen taught Israel Studies at the private school, having studied there himself as an undergraduate before receiving his PhD from the University of Chicago.
Speaking on Saturday night, Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu issued a dire warning to Hamas militants: ‘I tell Hamas, you are responsible for the wellbeing of captives, Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them.’
He vowed to defeat the group, but said the war would ‘take time’, continuing: ‘What happened today has never been seen in Israel, we will take mighty vengeance for this black day.’
Promising ‘mighty vengeance’, he promised to reduce Gaza to ‘rubble’, telling innocent Palestinians to leave immediately.
Soon after, a convey of tanks were reported to be heading towards the border with Gaza.
Speaking late on Saturday, a spokesperson for the Israeli military said the situation in the south of the country was ‘still not fully under control.’
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