Harvard Faculty Members Call For End To Pro-Palestine Condemnation

Numerous Harvard University professors have signed an open letter urging President Claudine Gay to speak out against those who have spoken out against pro-Palestine students.
More than 70 Harvard professors signed an open letter.

Reports show that the professors strongly recommended that Gay publicly support the Israeli student demonstrators. The letter also claimed that Palestinian students are more ostracized than Jewish pupils.

According to the Harvard newspaper, the letter was signed by many prominent Harvard faculty members, including the History department head, Sidney Chalhoub, and the director of Middle Eastern studies, Cemal Kafadar.

The letter stated that students who are critical of Israel have been the subject of a concerted and increasing campaign of abusive discourse, while minorities have been singled out because of their status on campus. Students who signed the widely condemned anti-Israel manifesto were unfairly tarred as antisemites, they said.

The faculty stated Hamas’ strike on Israel caused unjustified and unacceptable civilian casualties. The letter blamed Israel for having created the environment for them. The letter also criticized Israel’s military operations against Hamas, claiming it is racially motivated.

The professors said they were glad Gay reinforced free speech on campus despite heavy pushback to pro-Hamas terrorist marches and speeches, but they were disappointed she did not say “Palestinians or Palestine.”

Over 30 Harvard college groups signed an open letter condemning Israel for the recent Hamas assault, which drove funders away and drew corporate censure. One legal firm revoked employment opportunities for students at Harvard with ties to letter-signing organizations.

Gay openly denounced the student organizations’ stance.

Reports reveal billionaires like Limited Brands’ Leslie Wexner and Apollo Global Management’s Marc Rowan have urged colleges to take firmer action against anti-Semitism and student protests about Israel. Companies in the legal and financial sectors have threatened not to employ recent graduates who participated in protests.

University leaders realize that protecting students’ right to free expression comes at a personal cost.

Venture entrepreneur Josh Wolfe tweeted on X in an effort to get his alma institution to be more vocal in denouncing antisemitism. He said that freedom of expression also implies freedom for him, a Cornell grad, to shut his wallet.