Princeton, Harvard personnel sign pro-Palestinian letters

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Faculty and students at the universities of Harvard and Princeton released statements late last week condemning Israeli aggression in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank. (Photo: Handout from Harvard University)
AMMAN — Princeton and Harvard personnel late last week issued statements condemning Israeli aggression against Palestinians.

Hundreds of Princeton University students, alumni, and faculty signed a letter condemning both Israel’s “ongoing attacks” in the Gaza Strip and the eviction of families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.اضافة اعلان

The letter, published in campus newspaper The Daily Princetonian, expressed support for Human Rights Watch and B'tselem’s categorization of Israel as an apartheid regime and rejected the “two-sides” narrative, which “conceals the meaningful differences between Israel — one of the most heavily militarized states in the world that receives $3.8 billion in military aid annually from the United States — and a Palestinian population resisting occupation and oppression.”

The signatories also endorsed the Palestine and Praxis open letter –– a call to action that urges academic institutions to respect the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel, support student activism, and amplify Palestinian voices in the classroom. 

Harvard University faculty signed a similar statement, denouncing Israeli actions and calling on President Biden’s administration to halt support for the “apartheid state”.

“As US-based scholars who oppose racism and colonial violence in all its forms, we write to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom and self-determination,” the statement said.  

Authors of the Harvard statement recalled recent reports by human rights watchdogs pointing out Israel’s apartheid dynamic and condemning the potential expulsion of Palestinian residents in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood. The statement criticized “unwavering US financial, military, and political support” as fueling Israeli discrimination and called for an end to US support for it.

On May 10, Israeli occupation forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque following protests against the forced displacement of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah, prompting Hamas to fire rockets into Israel.

Retaliatory Israeli airstrikes killed over 240 people, including 66 children, and displaced some 120,000 from their homes in 11 days of fighting, according to AFP.  

Rockets fired by Hamas killed 12 people in Israel, including one child and a teenager.

The two sides agreed to a ceasefire on Friday.

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