Harvard South Asian Students Face Heat For Pro-Hamas Letter
NEW YORK, NY (IANS) – Indian American students at Harvard have been trapped in JNU-style flippant radicalism in supporting Hamas along with their South Asian peers in the tide of anti-Israel activism sweeping the US academia.
Four South Asian groups with students of Indian origin in leadership positions signed a statement with 30 other Harvard student organizations after the Hamas attack that said they held the “Israeli regime entirely responsible” and refused to condemn the terrorist Hamas attack that killed at least 1,400 civilians in Israel.
Soon, there was a predictable backlash against the statement that sounded like a justification for the Hamas attack and support for it.
Things got hot when hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman said that students associated with the statement should not be given jobs and about a dozen CEOs joined him demanding to know who the students were so they wouldn’t be hired by their companies.
Soon, a conservative group hired a truck with huge display monitors that went around the Harvard neighborhood with names and images of the leaders of the group who had hidden behind their organization’s names, tarnishing even members who did not support the statement.
Others published their names and contact details on social media leading to denunciations and threats against them.
Crumbling under the threat from the CEOs, one of the signatories, a South Asian cultural organization, Undergraduate Harvard Gunghroo, withdrew its signature.
Apologizing for signing the statement, Gunghroo said that it “strictly denounces and condemns the massacre propagated by the terrorist organization Hamas”.
Harvard Undergraduate Nepali Student Association also dropped its support for the statement.
South Asian Law Students Association, South Asians for Forward-Thinking Advocacy and Research, which have Indian origin students in leadership positions, as well as Sikhs and Companions of Harvard Undergraduates, had signed the statement. It is not known if they have dissociated themselves from the statement. Amnesty International at Harvard, Harvard College Act on a Dream and, the Harvard Islamic Society had also pulled out.