On Wednesday, an Israeli student attending Harvard Business School was subjected to harassment and assault during a march and “die-in” held in protest of Israel’s response to the killings of 1,300 civilians and kidnapping of 200 hostages by Hamas.
The demonstration began on Harvard’s main campus in Cambridge before proceeding to the business school in Boston where a “die-in” was staged.
Video footage from the incident shows the student repeatedly asking not to be grabbed or touched around his neck while being encircled by protesters wearing keffiyehs that concealed their faces.
The student, who asked to remain anonymous, described being pushed and shoved as he tried to film them with his phone. A report to the FBI identified two of the people laying hands on him as fellow Harvard University graduate students, one a law student, Ibrahim Bharmal, a member of the Harvard Law Review, and the other a divinity school graduate student, Elom Tettey Tamaklo, who lives with Harvard undergraduate students in supervisory role known as a proctor.
Bharmal and Tamaklo did not respond to requests for comment.
A report has been filed with the Harvard University Police Department and the FBI’s Boston office. “An Israeli student on his way to class pulled his phone out to film the rioters and he was attacked. He was assaulted both physically and verbally. Throughout the assault he kept calm, but was aggressively attacked by Pro-Palestine rioters,” reads the report to the FBI, which was reviewed by the Free Beacon. “At least 2 of those involved have been identified as employees of the University and have not yet been dismissed from their posts.”
Harvard is one of the many universities across the country that has recently come under scrutiny for reported antisemitic sentiments on campus.
31 student groups at the University signed a letter, blaming Israel as “entirely responsible” for Hamas’s barbaric attacks against Israeli civilians.
In response to this, Harvard President Claudine Gay released a statement condemning Hamas following pressure from prominent business voices who disagreed with hiring any young people who supported such acts of violence.
Furthermore, an associate professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) reportedly referred to Israelis as “pigs,” “savages,” and “irredeemable excrement” on social media; an associate professor of history at Cornell University spoke during a pro-Palestine protest sharing that they found the deadly Hamas terrorist attack was “exhilarating” and “energizing;” an instructor at Stanford University was suspended after making Jewish students stand in a corner with their belongings while he delivered a rant belittling the genocide of millions of Jews in the Holocaust; and students at The University of Wisconsin openly cheered Hamas killers chanting “Glory to Martyrs!” at a rally on campus.
According to The Free Beacon, FBI officials have declined to comment on these incidents.