MIT admitted the reason it failed to follow through with threats to suspend students who participated in an unauthorized anti-Israel protest was because the school feared the agitators could be deported.
Institute President Sally Kornbluth acknowledged the elite university’s position in a statement in response to a protest that posed a threat to Jewish and Israeli students.
The demonstration was held on Thursday in ‘Lobby 7,’ the entrance to MIT. University regulations specifically prohibit demonstrations occurring at the site of heavy campus traffic.
A group called the Committee Against Apartheid organized the protest, which began at 8am.
Upon learning what was happening, a group of Jewish and Israeli students showed up to stage a counter-protest.
The statement issued by Kornbluth – who has served as president of the university since January – said after the confrontation between protestors erupted ‘we had serious concerns that it could lead to violence.’
MIT students staged an unsanctioned anti-Israel protest in the university’s main entrance hall on Thursday
‘After exhausting all other avenues for de-escalating the situation, we informed all protesters that they must leave the lobby area within a set time, or they would be subject to suspension,’ she continued.
‘Many chose to leave, and I appreciate their cooperation. Some did not. Members of my team have been in dialogue with students all day.
‘Because we later heard serious concerns about collateral consequences for the students, such as visa issues, we have decided, as an interim action, that the students who remained after the deadline will be suspended from non-academic campus activities. The students will remain enrolled at MIT and will be able to attend academic classes and labs.’
The semi-suspension, said Kornbluth, would be referred to an ad-hoc complaint response team for final judgment on the situation.
As is the case with many prestigious American institutions of higher education, a significant portion of MIT’s student body is international students.
In the weeks since the outbreak of the war triggered by Palestinian terrorists’ barbaric attack on innocent Israeli citizens, it has been widely speculated that many of the students at the heads of the anti-Israel protests unfolding across American college campuses are not US citizens.
According to Haaretz, Kornbluth’s statement is the first time a US university has acknowledged that many of the protests’ lead organizers are not American.
Last week, anti-Israel groups organized demonstrations across campuses around the nation using the slogan ‘Shut it down for Palestine.’
In response to the protest, and ongoing protests of the same nature on MIT’s campus, a group called ‘The MIT Israel Alliance and its Supporters’ issued a statement claiming the Committee Against Apartheid has repeatedly harassed MIT students and staff for being Jewish.
‘All of this has occurred with no clear response from the administration.’
‘With each passing day, MIT admin’s silence makes Jewish and Israeli students feel unsafe at MIT,’ it read.
A statement from MIT President Sally Kornbluth – who has been at her current post for less than a year – said the students who protested in flagrant violation of university policy and after the administration told them to stop under threat of suspension, would not actually be removed because it may lead to their deportation
Jewish students were told not to enter MIT through the main lobby on Thursday due to concerns for their physical safety
In the weeks since the outbreak of the war triggered by Palestinian terrorists’ barbaric attack on innocent Israeli citizens, it has been widely speculated that many of the students at the heads of the anti-Israel protests unfolding across American college campuses are not US citizens
The group said that Jewish students were told not to enter MIT through the main lobby on Thursday due to concerns for their physical safety.
The statement further said the Jewish and Israeli counter-protestors exited the site of the protest as soon as the administration issued its warning about suspensions.
Separately, a widely shared video taken last week, shows a student interrupting a math class at MIT to condemn Israel’s actions in Gaza.
The student then waves a Palestinian flag and encourages students to join him as he chants: ‘Free, free Palestine.’.
Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, 57, shared the video and slammed MIT for a ‘failure of leadership’.
The student got up to interrupt the math lecturer – who politely asked if the disruption could wait until he was done explaining a math problem, saying ‘can I just finish this line?’
When the teacher was finished – the student demonstrator said ‘as you witness an ongoing genocide of Gaza in MIT silence – I’m joining hundreds of students city-wide walking out of class,
‘We stand for the liberation of Palestine against active genocide that is perpetuated by MIT, Israel and the United States.’
The student then grabbed a Palestinian flag and chanted ‘free, free Palestine’ along with his fellow protestors.
At Columbia University – the site of some of the most virulently anti-Semitic protests that have occurred since October 7 – the school announced on Friday that it was suspending Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace – two extremely anti-Israel organizations.
The groups are suspended at least throughout the remainder of the fall semester after violating multiple school rules and regulations with their unsanctioned protests.