Horrific scenes have been emerging on social media from the Hamas attack on a peaceful party in Israel’s desert last week. Now a war is brewing, but in the halls of America’s academic institutions, like Harvard, Israel is being blamed for the attack on its people that has already killed hundreds, with potentially hundreds more taken hostage. The Daily Mail’s Stephen M. Lepore reports:
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 organizations released a letter to the public as a ‘Joint Statement by Harvard Palestine Solidarity Groups on the Situation in Palestine’ on Sunday to condemn Israel in the wake of the violence.
They claim that Hamas’ attacks, which are still ongoing, ‘did not happen in a vacuum’ and 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 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 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.’
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