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At MIT, Administrators Allow Unlawful Encampment To Displace Lawful Israeli Independence Day Event
Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 7, 2024 | Jessica Costescu

Posted on 05/08/2024 3:41:53 PM PDT by george76

President Kornbluth assured us … that the encampment would be removed in time for our Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration,' letter from Jewish group says..

In the run-up to an annual Israeli Independence Day celebration at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, university president Sally Kornbluth assured student organizers that an unauthorized anti-Israel encampment—located in the same area where the Jewish students planned to hold their event—would be cleared in time. It wasn't, prompting school officials to walk back their promise and press the Jewish students to reschedule or relocate the event, messages obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show.

On April 24, Kornbluth privately told student leaders of the MIT Israel Alliance, Talia Khan and Eitan Moore, that the encampment would be removed within four days, Khan and Moore said. The MIT Israel Alliance had reserved the same campus lawn occupied by the unauthorized protesters, Kresge Oval, for its May 7 Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration.

"President Kornbluth assured us in private communications that the encampment would be removed in time for our Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration," Khan and Moore wrote in a Monday letter to MIT administrators.

But Kornbluth went on to push back her deadline to clear the encampment—first to May 1 and then to May 3, according to Khan and Moore. Then, on May 5, MIT Office of the President chief of staff Aaron Weinberger told the group that the school would not be able to "bring the encampment to an end … in time for the event on Tuesday afternoon." He asked the students to move the celebration.

"We can offer two options: May 7 on Hockfield Court or May 14 on Kresge oval, as originally requested," Weinberger wrote in an email, which was obtained by the Free Beacon. "Either way, we will work with you to ensure you have the support you need for a successful event."

The Jewish students responded defiantly, vowing on Monday to "continue with our celebration as planned." That same day, Kornbluth directed anti-Israel protesters to "leave the encampment peacefully by 2:30 p.m." While some obliged, a small group remained in the encampment as the student organization behind it, MIT Coalition Against Apartheid, called for reinforcements to "defend" the area. Around 6 p.m., protesters breached a fence surrounding the encampment, flooding the lawn, and remained overnight.

... By Tuesday afternoon, the encampment remained intact. MIT Israel Alliance went ahead with its event anyway, which it held just outside a fence meant to contain the unauthorized protesters in the encampment. MIT put the fence back up after protesters stormed it Monday, according to a student.

"The Jewish and Israeli community at MIT … has undergone some of the worst violence, hatred, and injustice in the past 7 months," Khan and Moore wrote in a Monday letter to Kornbluth, "and we have seen the MIT Administration stand idly by as classmates, lab partners, and even our professors praised the murder of our friends and family, called for violence against Jews, and most recently chanted 'Death to Zionists' on MIT campus."

"You claim that if we are willing to wait just one more week, on top of the seven months we have already waited for you to act, you will finally support the Jewish community and take action against those calling for our deaths and the deaths of our loved ones," the students continued. "We don't believe you. … We will hold our celebration of Jewish self-determination, as planned."

Kornbluth's failed attempt to clear the encampment—and shifting deadline to do so—comes as the president faces congressional scrutiny into her handling of campus anti-Semitism.

The House Education Committee formalized an investigation into MIT in March, roughly three months after Kornbluth appeared before the committee alongside then-Harvard University president Claudine Gay and then-University of Pennsylvania president Liz Magill. The hearing was a disaster, and both Magill and Gay resigned in its wake.

Now, the committee, led by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R., N.C.), is in the process of obtaining internal documents regarding Kornbluth's response to campus anti-Semitism. In a March letter sent to Kornbluth, Foxx expressed "grave concerns regarding the inadequacy of MIT's response to antisemitism on its campus," citing "hypocrisy and selective enforcement of Institute rules."

MIT did not respond to a request for comment.

In her Monday directive to disband the encampment, Kornbluth said student protesters who opted to leave voluntarily would avoid suspension. Those who stayed in the encampment would face immediate suspension, she said.

Hours later, after protesters breached the campus lawn and retook the encampment, Kornbluth issued a Monday evening "update." She said most students "had left the enclosed tent area" on Monday afternoon before "a large number of outside demonstrators arrived" and caused a "surge." None of those demonstrators were arrested, Kornbluth said.

"As we write, about 150 students and others are standing in a circle around the tents and others are nearby chanting," she said. "While no arrests have been made on campus, police officers from MIT, Cambridge and the state remain on the scene to preserve public safety."


Kornbluth has a history of walking back promises to discipline anti-Israel protesters. In November, she threatened to expel students engaged in unsanctioned protests before opting to place those students on a "non-academic suspension," which allowed them to continue attending class. Kornbluth said she did so to protect foreign students, citing "serious concerns about collateral consequences for the students, such as visa issues."

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Hamas; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: Massachusetts; US: New York; US: Pennsylvania; War; War on Terror
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1 posted on 05/08/2024 3:41:53 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

ALOT of well known schools have a lot of egg on their faces.

I wonder how much increase in applications to Hillsdale College will occur???

MUST pay for school—— NO LOANS.

2 posted on 05/08/2024 3:48:23 PM PDT by ridesthemiles (not giving up on TRUMP---EVER)
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To: george76

Spineless management at MIT (not leadership).

The rot is deep.

3 posted on 05/08/2024 4:04:34 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: george76

> President Kornbluth assured us...

When dealing with weasels, get it in writing.

4 posted on 05/08/2024 4:08:57 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: george76

MIT has changed from being led by men of science
who protected America,
to a woman who will be known for loving terrorists.

5 posted on 05/08/2024 4:10:43 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: george76

‘Lawful’ doesn’t mean squat any more.

6 posted on 05/08/2024 4:20:12 PM PDT by dljordan (What do you think?)
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To: george76

Onset of the Fourth Reich

7 posted on 05/08/2024 4:28:05 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan ( )
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To: george76

Before the 1960s all colleges knew that disorderly conduct could not be permitted on school grounds.

Then after the Red Scare was put in disrepute the Leftist were permitted to infiltrate the colleges’ administration.

Alinsky tactics were adopted and the students basically took over the campi.

Colleges are no longer places were the young learn to think and learn a life skill that can permit them to succeed in life now they indoctrinated in to a political ideology that will destroy civilization.

8 posted on 05/08/2024 4:36:01 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: dljordan

“‘Lawful’ doesn’t mean squat any more.”

Not as much. “The law” can be something the wimpy try to hide behind. The anti-Israel crowd plays rough.

9 posted on 05/08/2024 4:47:01 PM PDT by cymbeline (we saw men break out of a concentration camp.”)
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To: ridesthemiles

“”I wonder how much increase in applications to Hillsdale College will occur???””

A LOT, I hope...If parents are paying attention, it will increase mightily....

10 posted on 05/08/2024 5:03:47 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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Maybe some will begin to understand why I say place NO WOMEN in politics or positions of power - they abuse it every time.

Sally at MIT
Liz at U of PA
Claudine at Harvard

Every day more and more show up in the news for that very reason.

11 posted on 05/08/2024 5:05:57 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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Another highly touted university living off its undeserved reputation.

12 posted on 05/08/2024 6:19:32 PM PDT by Machavelli (True God)
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To: george76

the moral rot is deep at even an engineering school like MIT

We have been asleep at the switch to let the commies and nazis and enemy agents infiltrate our social institutions (and government)

13 posted on 05/08/2024 6:32:53 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (“Politicians are not born. They're excreted.” Marcus Tillius Cicero (106 to 43 BCE))
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To: george76; lightman; Navy Patriot

Today (Orthodox Bright Friday), police have cleared the MIT encampment!

Harvard MUST do likewise—commencement is coming soon!

14 posted on 05/10/2024 9:59:49 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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