Harvard’s initial response was a “Joint Statement by Harvard Palestine Solidarity Groups on the Situation in Palestine” which “holds the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all of the unfolding violence.”
The administration was “heartbroken by the death and destruction unleased by the attack by Hamas.”
The response was attacked as weak and out-of-touch and triggered calls for the resignation of Harvard president Claudine Gay.
Her subsequent statements dealt with plans to fight antisemitism on campus, condemned Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry, reaffirmed freedom of speech and censored the pro-Palestine slogan “from the river to the sea,” according to the Harvard Crimson.
Richard Edelman, Harvard grad, blogged about Gay’s response in a piece called “Why Leaders Must Speak Up.”