Growing Backlash After Harvard Students Write & Sign Pro-Palestine Letter

A letter from Harvard University student groups blaming Israel for violence in the region has drawn a backlash from prominent alumni and US lawmakers.

The letter, authored by the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee, stated that students “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence”.

It was co-signed by 33 student groups.

“Today’s events did not occur in a vacuum,” the statement said.

“The apartheid regime is the only one to blame. Israeli violence has structured every aspect of Palestinian existence for 75 years,” the letter added.

The letter comes after Israel says 1,000 people have been killed and 100 kidnapped since Hamas militants launched a surprise attack in the early hours of Saturday. In Gaza, more than 700 people have been killed in retaliatory Israeli air strikes.

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Harvard supports Israel and has condemned Hamas.

More than 100 University affiliates attended a Harvard Hillel gathering Saturday afternoon to mourn the lives lost to a deadly invasion of Israel by the Islamist militant group Hamas and to offer support to those affected by the attacks.

Students and affiliates gathered in person at Hillel, the University’s Jewish center, as well as on Zoom in a show of unity, with leaders of Harvard Chabad also taking part in the event. The gathering took place just hours after news of the invasion, which began early Saturday morning.