On Monday, Harvard University’s former president slammed the school’s silence on the terrorist attacks on Israel.
Lawrence H. Summers posted a thread on X, saying he is “disillusioned and alienated” by Harvard’s lack of response after Islamic militant group Hamas launched a deadly surprise attack on southern and central Israel in the early morning on Saturday, launching nearly 5,000 rockets from the Gaza Strip at around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, the most severe attack on Israel in nearly 50 years.
Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organization by the European Union and United States.
“In nearly 50 years of [Harvard] affiliation, I have never been as disillusioned and alienated as I am today,” Summers posted. “The silence from Harvard’s leadership, so far, coupled with a vocal and widely reported student groups’ statement blaming Israel solely, has allowed Harvard to appear at best neutral towards acts of terror against the Jewish state of Israel.”
“Unlike President Bacow’s strong statement of support for Ukraine after Putin’s invasion and the decision to fly the Ukraine flag over Harvard yard … or Dean Gay’s powerful statement on police violence, we have as yet – 48 hours later – no official Harvard statement at this time of moral testing,” Summers continued.
“Instead, Harvard is being defined by the morally unconscionable statement apparently coming from two dozen student groups blaming all the violence on Israel. I am sickened. I cannot fathom the Administration’s failure to disassociate the University and condemn this statement,” Summers said, referencing the 31 student groups who said that Israel was “entirely responsible” for the slaughter at the hands of Hamas.
“I very much hope appropriate statements from the University and College condemning those who launched terrorist attacks and standing in solidarity with its victims will soon be forthcoming,” Summers concluded, adding, “To be clear nothing is wrong with criticizing Israeli policy past, present or future. I have been sharply critical of PM Netanyahu. But that is very different from lack of clarity regarding terrorism.”
At least 900 Israelis, many of whom are civilians, have been killed, and 2,500 others have been injured as of Monday. Israeli authorities say at least 100 civilians and soldiers have been taken hostage since the beginning of the attacks.
New reports also say that Hamas intends to begin killing their hostages when homes in Gaza are attacked “without prior warning,” according to the spokesman of Hamas’ armed wing, Abu Obeida.
Additionally, nine Americans have been confirmed to have been killed as of Monday, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken echoed reports that “several Americans” may have been taken hostage, saying that the U.S. will prioritize returning them home.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, declared that the nation was “at war,” which was confirmed Saturday evening by the Israeli Security Cabinet. On Monday, Netanyahu reportedly told President Joe Biden that a ground operation into Gaza was necessary, saying, “we have to go in.”
Several Democratic reps have received pushback over their lack of support for Israel, many of whom are members of the far-left “Squad,” with Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Cori Bush (D-MO) facing the most significant backlash for labeling Israel as an apartheid state, calling for the U.S. to halt funding to the country.
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