In a challenging congressional hearing, the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn were intensely questioned for allowing protests supporting a ceasefire in Gaza, falsely labeled as anti-Jewish and anti-Semitic.
The session opened with a moment of silence for Israeli victims, conspicuously ignoring the over 17,000 Palestinians killed.
The questioning was problematic, often forcing ‘yes or no’ answers and not allowing for detailed explanations of the complexities.
The term “intifada,” used by pro-Palestinian protesters, was inaccurately described as genocidal. The professors faced accusations of endorsing anti-Jewish crimes, overshadowing “intifada’s” actual meaning as an uprising for Palestinian self-recognition.
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Harvard’s Middle Eastern funding was also questioned, suggesting a bias despite their explanation of receiving global funds.
Calls for resignations were made, depicting Jewish life on campuses as fraught and risky while misrepresenting pro-Palestinian views as anti-Semitic rather than anti-Zionist, and completely disregarding the recent war’s contribution to anti-Islamic racism (Islamophobia) as well.