Soon after the world learned of the horrific attack on Israel, Harvard student groups issued a statement. Thirty groups, representing hundreds of college students, criticized Israel in a seeming defense of Hamas. They called the free nation of Israel an “apartheid regime” and appeared to be justifying the evil actions of Hamas.
The shocking statement forced Harvard’s president to issue two statements condemning the attacks and scolding the student groups. Other people in the public square who have voiced support for Hamas faced swift backlash from employers and companies.
Reports of the student groups’ statement have widely circulated across the Internet. Few, it seems, share these groups’ attitude on the attacks. And now, Harvard students are scrambling to take back what they said.
Harvard students are scrambling to take back their pro-Hamas statement in response to the terrorist attacks against Israel — which has so far left more than 1,000 people dead — while CEOs are looking into blacklisting them from future jobs. The statement no longer lists the student groups that signed on the statement, claiming that “For student safety, the names of all original signing organizations have been concealed at this time.”
After learning that their association with the pro-Hamas statement could cost them future jobs, many Harvard students are trying to distance themselves from it. They have removed the student groups who signed the statement, along with their members’ names.
They are claiming they are doing this “for student safety.” Danielle Mikaelian, a board member of one of the groups that signed that state, revealed she resigned from her role. She called the statement “egregious” and has since made her social profile private.
A Harvard law student, Mohini Tangri, claimed that “many members” of these groups “had no say” in whether their group signed it. She claimed that “many weren’t even notified” about the statement.
It seems many students are now claiming plausible deniability. They are hiding behind the bureaucracy of these student groups, insisting that they were not the ones supporting the statement.
But someone had to draft this pro-Hamas statement. And these groups weren’t forced to sign onto it. There were people in these groups that voted to put their names on the statement. All the backtracking now won’t erase that fact.
Some might cynically accuse these students of only distancing themselves now, to protect their future careers. The fact that they are now claiming to be victims of “harassment,” after they endorsed the murder of children, rings hollow.
- Harvard groups that signed a statement condemning Israel are now backtracking.
- This comes after CEOs discussed blacklisting students who supported Hamas.
- Many students are claiming that they were not included in the decision to sign the document.