“deep concern, fear, and disappointment”
What took place at MIT this week was a disgrace.
FOX News reports:
Hundreds of MIT alumni petition school to take campus threats against Jews ‘seriously’
Over 600 alumni, faculty, and students of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are pleading with the university’s president to “prevent the propagation of slogans, messages, and hateful acts that may threaten the safety of Jewish and Israeli students” after calls for “intifada” rang out at an anti-Israel protest last week.
A list of 607 people associated with the school, including a graduate of 1953, wrote a letter to MIT President Sally Kornbluth Monday citing “deep concern, fear, and disappointment” after chants of “one solution, intifada revolution” and “from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] sea, Palestine will be free!” rang out at a rally in support of the Hamas terrorist attacks that killed over 1,400 Israelis Oct. 7.
“While we fully support the principles of free speech and the right to peaceful assembly, it is essential that we also prioritize the safety and well-being of all members of the MIT community,” the letter states.
The letter says in addition to the use of these derogatory messages, several attendees of the event used hateful language and messages toward Jewish and Israeli bystanders. In one case, “a perpetrator aggressively held their bicycles as intended to harm a Jewish MIT student, stating that ‘[your] ancestors did not die in the Holocaust so they could kill Palestinians.’”
Those signing the letter include graduates with PhDs and MBAs and prestigious fellowship recipients.
The authors state that in the context of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the word intifada means the “armed and violent Palestinian insurrection targeting Israelis, including civilians, which resulted in the killing of thousands of Israelis in the last few decades.”
The slogan “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!” has been “time and again associated with calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and has been used in contexts that promote violence.”
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