ACF-MIT Calls on Administration to Fully Enforce Suspensions

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Dear President Kornbluth:  

Following the unprovoked and brutal attack on Israel on October 7, in which at least 1,200 Israelis were slaughtered and thousands wounded, universities have seen student groups endorse terrorism, accompanied by an uptick in incidents of antisemitic harassment. Given this hostile environment, it is incumbent on universities to protect their Jewish students’ security.  

On November 9, the 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht, a student group called the Coalition Against Apartheid (CAA), which has harassed Jewish MIT staff members in their offices, staged a belligerent protest. Positioning themselves at Lobby 7, the heavily trafficked entrance to the university where protests are forbidden, they harassed Jewish students and physically prevented them from attending classes, according to the MIT Israel Alliance.   

As you indicated, there were “serious concerns it could lead to violence” and the students refused the university’s demand that “they… leave the lobby area within a set time, or… be subject to suspension.” While Jewish counter-protesters left immediately, CAA members remained, calling for a violent “intifada.” These actions posed a clear threat to the safety of Jews on campus and violated university policy.  

But then, you backtracked under pressure. Citing “visa issues,” you announced that the students who had violated MIT policy would be allowed to remain on campus and continue attending class as usual – a far cry from the threat of suspensions. “Visa issues” cannot be an excuse for refusing to ensure the safety of MIT students.

It is absurd to shield international students from the consequences of their hateful actions. Students on visas cannot have impunity to violate MIT policy and endanger Jewish students.   

I call on you, President Kornbluth, to fully enforce all suspensions. Additionally, I ask that you adopt the definition of antisemitism laid out by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and commission a third-party audit of antisemitism on campus.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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