December 6, 2023

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Harvard’s Palestine Solidarity Committee denied that the viral footage of an on-campus conflict final month exhibits protesters harassing a scholar attributable to his identification.

Protesters encircle a person and maintain up keffiyehs (scarves) earlier than he slips into a close-by constructing throughout a pro-Palestinian protest at Harvard Enterprise College on Oct. 18. Pat Greenhouse/Boston Globe Employees

A professional-Palestinian Harvard College scholar group is disputing accusations of harassment following a viral video of a conflict between demonstrators and a scholar at an on-campus occasion final month.

The footage exhibits a number of demonstrators huddling round a person and holding up Palestinian keffiyehs — conventional scarves — to dam his view of a “die-in” that Harvard’s Palestine Solidarity Committee held outdoors Harvard Enterprise College on Oct. 18. Among the protesters seem to make contact with the person as he makes an attempt to dodge them, and the protesters may also be heard yelling, “Disgrace! Disgrace! Disgrace!” 

In an announcement final month, Harvard Enterprise College Dean Srikant Datar wrote that the “troubling confrontation” concerned one of many college’s graduate college students. It was not clear whether or not the scholar is Jewish or Israeli, as some accounts have claimed. 

“Broadly circulated footage has been contorted to recommend that the person was harassed attributable to his identification,” Harvard PSC mentioned in a statement posted to X on Sunday. “Nothing could possibly be farther from the reality.” 

Aerial footage captured by NECN seems to point out the scholar strolling across the demonstration and holding his telephone aloft as protesters try to dam him. 

The Palestine Solidarity Committee alleged that the person “aggressively started stepping over protestors, recording their faces as they laid in a weak place. Protestors reported the person stepping on their heads.” 

College students who had been serving as security marshals for the occasion repeatedly requested the person to depart and “acted with propriety” when he refused, the group asserted.

“We merely needed to stop him from placing extra college students in danger,” Harvard PSC mentioned. 

Harvard college students affiliated with pro-Palestinian teams have confronted latest doxxing efforts and nationwide backlash after Harvard PSC circulated a letter during which dozens of campus organizations mentioned they “maintain the Israeli regime fully answerable for all unfolding violence.”

That letter appeared on-line shortly after Hamas’s Oct. 7 shock assault on Israel, which quickly spiraled right into a full-blown struggle. 

Learn Harvard PSC’s full response to the “die-in” video on X: