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Ivy League schools face backlash for response to Hamas' attack on Israel


Members of Congress, alumni, and the public have expressed strong criticism towards Ivy League universities regarding their response, or lack thereof, to the brutal murder of more than 900 Israelis, including at least 11 U.S. citizens. This comes after Hamas launched the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust.


Student groups have placed blame on Israel for the attack, which Hamas launched on Saturday. Emerging reports indicate that the terrorists committed horrifying acts, including beheading babies, raping women, kidnapping over 100 people, and parading the bodies of murdered Jews through the streets of Gaza.


Of utmost concern is Harvard, where over 30 student groups signed a letter stating that they hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for the unfolding violence. The letter insists that today's events did not occur in a vacuum and accuses the Israeli apartheid regime of being the sole entity to blame, asserting that Israeli violence has shaped every aspect of Palestinian existence for the past 75 years.


It is important to note that the allegations of Israel running an apartheid state have been repeatedly discredited by both black and white South Africans, as well as commentators.


New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik, a Harvard graduate from 2006, called on the administration to respond, emphasizing that it is abhorrent and heinous for Harvard student groups to blame Israel for Hamas' barbaric terrorist attacks, which have claimed the lives of over 700 Israelis. She asserts that any voice that justifies the slaughter of innocent women and children has chosen the side of evil and terrorism.


Senator Ted Cruz, who also earned his J.D. at Harvard, questioned the university's stance, stating that given the choice between standing with Israel or supporting terrorists who are committing acts of rape, kidnapping, and killing thousands of women and children, it is unacceptable for 31 student groups to choose the terrorists.


Harvard offered commentary on the massacre Monday after the letter had gained wide circulation. The university expressed heartbreak over the death and destruction caused by the Hamas attack, but failed to address the terrorism inflicted upon Israelis.


Columbia University's "Palestine Solidarity Groups" sent a similar email to their students, placing the weight of responsibility for the war and casualties solely on the Israeli extremist government and other Western governments, including the U.S. government, which fund and staunchly support Israeli aggression, apartheid, and settler-colonization.


Columbia University's statement, which garnered signatures from 10 prominent student groups, reflects a resolute stand on the matter. Meanwhile, Yalies4Palestine, representing Yale University, expressed their concerns forcefully on Instagram. In their statement, they highlighted their unwavering support for Palestinians, holding the Israeli Zionist regime accountable for the ongoing violence and condemning the Israeli occupation, apartheid system, and military rule.


However, it is important to note that the support for Palestine extends beyond the Ivy Leagues. Ryna Workman, the President of New York University's Student Bar Association, addressed the student body via email. In her message, she unequivocally expressed her solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle against oppression, urging for liberation and self-determination. She placed the responsibility for the substantial loss of life squarely on Israel.

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