Harvard’s Arab Alumni Association has appealed for donations to help students’ mental health after they were subjected to ‘relentless bullying and intimidation’ for blaming Israel for the Hamas attacks of October 7.
The Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee issued a letter on October 7, co-signed by 33 other Harvard student organizations, stating: ‘We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.’
The students leading the 33 organizations and the Solidarity Committee were named and faced calls to be blacklisted from future employment. They included the son of British businesswoman Jo Malone.
On Wednesday, the Harvard Arab Alumni Association wrote to members appealing for help in supporting the students.
‘They may require legal counsel, healthcare, mental health support, financial aid or mentorship to navigate these turbulent and uncertain times.’
Supporters of Palestine gather at Harvard University on October 14. When the terror attacks were launched by Hamas on October 7, the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee issued a co-signed by 33 other Harvard student organizations, stating: ‘We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence’
Harvard students at the October 14 rally on campus
The letter caused a massive backlash after 33 student societies backed the statement written by the PSC ‘holding the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence’
‘They have been subjected to relentless bullying and intimidation,’ the association wrote, in a letter obtained by reporter John Hasson.
‘This situation is rapidly deteriorating as some students find their names on watchlists, creating severe risks for their immigration status and future career prospects.
‘Our ask and plea to you all is to extend your hand to these students and provide the vital assistance they need within your capacity and scope of influence.’
Neither Harvard nor the association have responded to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
A letter from more than 30 Harvard student groups was sent on the day of the attacks, which saw Hamas terrorists stage a dawn raid from Gaza on a music festival near the border and villages nearby. Women and children were murdered in their beds, and an estimated 200 people have been taken hostage.
Since the raid, 1,300 Israelis have been killed.
‘Today’s events did not occur in a vacuum,’ the statement read.
‘For the last two decades, millions of Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to live in an open-air prison. Israeli officials promise to ‘open the gates of hell,’ and the massacres in Gaza have already commenced.
‘In the coming days, Palestinians will be forced to bear the full brunt of Israel’s violence. The apartheid regime is the only one to blame,’ it continues.
Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard, said days later the letter does not speak for the educational institution as a whole or its leadership. Her comments came after some criticized the Harvard administration for taking too long to denounce the student letter.
On Friday, she issued another apology.
Gay said the university rejects terrorism, hate and harassment based on people’s beliefs while embracing free expression, even ‘views that many of us find objectionable, even outrageous.’
She wrote: ‘We do not punish or sanction people for expressing’ objectionable or outrageous views.
‘But that is a far cry from endorsing them. It’s in the exercise of our freedom to speak that we reveal our characters and we reveal the character of our institution.’
Among those signing the letter was perfume tycoon Jo Malone’s son, who helps lead a pro-Palestinian Harvard group behind the letter.
Josh Willcox, 22, is listed as one of three students who run the Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee, according to Harvard’s directory of student groups.
His mother, Jo, a British perfume giant founder who sold her eponymous company to Estee Lauder in 1999, refused to address her son, simply saying the war in the Middle East had left her ‘heartbroken’ as she branded the attack by Hamas as ‘abhorrent.’
Josh Willcox (left) son of perfume mogul Jo Malone (center) is listed as one of three Harvard students who run the Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee. He is also pictured with his father Gary Willcox at a ritzy London party in 2017
Harvard President Claudine Gay (pictured) has finally condemned the ‘terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas in Israel’ – at odds with 34 student groups at the Ivy League institution who have pledged support to the militants
The death toll has topped 1,300 in Israel as the country plots a bloody revenge
An aerial view shows the bodies of victims of the Hamas attack on the Kfar Aza Kibbutz on Tuesday
Troops remove the bodies of victims, killed during an attack by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza, on Tuesday
More than 1million people have fled their homes in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected Israeli invasion that seeks to eliminate Hamas’ leadership.
Aid groups warn an Israeli ground offensive could hasten a humanitarian crisis.
Israeli forces, supported by U.S. warships, have positioned themselves along Gaza’s border and drilled for what Israel said would be a broad campaign to dismantle the militant group.
A week of blistering airstrikes have demolished neighborhoods but failed to stop militant rocket fire into Israel.
The war that began October 7 has become the deadliest of five Gaza wars for both sides, with more than 4,000 dead.
The Gaza Health Ministry said 2,750 Palestinians have been killed and 9,700 wounded.
Iran’s foreign minister has warned on Monday that ‘preemptive action is possible’ if Israel moves closer to its looming ground offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Forensic expert marks a body bag of an Israeli killed by Hamas militants in the National Center for Forensic Medicine in Tel Aviv on Monday
Riding a donkey drawn cart as family along with hundreds of other Palestinian carrying their belongings flee following the Israeli army’s warning to leave their homes and move south
Palestinians are pictured on Saturday waiting at the border with Egypt, trying to get out of the enclave
The comments by Hossein Amirabdollahian follow a pattern of escalating rhetoric from Iran, whose theocracy provides support to Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Israel cannot ‘do whatever it wants in Gaza and then go after other resistance groups after it´s done with Gaza,’ he told state television.
‘Therefore any preemptive action is possible in the coming hours.’
He did not elaborate on what form any action might take.
‘If the limited and extremely tight windows of opportunity available to the United Nations and political actors are not used over the coming hours, opening new fronts against the Zionist regime is inevitable,’ he said.
The U.N. humanitarian chief, Martin Griffiths, said the United Nations is in ‘deep discussions’ with the Israelis, Egyptians and others about getting aid through the Rafah crossing – ‘hugely helped’ by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken who has been traveling in the region.
Griffiths, who is heading to Cairo on Tuesday ‘to try to help in the negotiations,’ said in an interview with the U.N. on Monday that he was hoping for ‘some good news’ soon.
Griffiths said the U.N.’s ‘overwhelming priority’ is to get access to Gaza, saying humanitarian rules of war are being violated.
‘You cannot ask people to move out of harm’s way without assisting them to do it,’ said Griffiths.
Israeli air strikes continue to lay waste to Gaza, hitting homes sheltering people seeking safer ground and wiping out 18 members of the same family.
A fireball erupts during Israeli bombardment in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday
A picture taken from Sderot shows smoke plumes rising above buildings during an Israeli strike on the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday, as Israel pummels Gaza in preparation for a land invasion
Three families who had fled Gaza City were in a house that was struck early Monday in the southern city of Rafah. The attack killed a dozen people and left nine buried in the rubble, according to surviving family members.
A vast crater marked where the building had stood.
In the Nuseirat refugee camp in the middle of the besieged Gaza Strip, the bodies of 18 members of the Ghabayen family were loaded onto a truck.
‘This is an entire family,’ said Mustafa Ghabayen, a relative.
‘Eighteen martyrs and three are still under the rubble.’
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