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Activists bring Palestinian evictions to Harvard dorms

Debate after Harvard students post mock eviction notices on campus for ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’.


Harvard students mark the ninth annual ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’. Photo from Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee [Facebook].

Pro-Palestinian campus activism is stirring debate at Harvard College as students mark the ninth annual international ‘Israeli Apartheid Week’. Members of the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee posted more than 1,000 mock eviction notices on some dormitories, notifying residents their rooms were “scheduled for demolition in the next three days”. The notices also provided information about the thousands of home demolitions that take place in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The US-based Anti-Defamation League expressed outrage over the tactic and called it “designed to silence and intimidate pro-Israel advocates at Harvard and campuses around the country”. Several news sites in Israel and the US erroneously reported that the notices targeted Jewish students on campus.