‘Angry And Heartbroken’: MIT Alumni Challenge Alma Mater Over Response To Pro-Palestinian Protests
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A group of Jewish alumni from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sent a letter this week to leadership at their alma mater asking them to offer a stronger response to the pro-Palestinian protests that have broken out on campus.

In a letter to MIT’s board of directors, President Sally Kornbluth, and Faculty Chair Mary Fuller, the Jewish MIT Committee said that they were “sick” and “distraught” by the “state of affairs” at the university and that the campus had been taken over by anti-Semitism.

“An institution that prizes mathematical rigor and consistency and physical and immutable laws is now wrought by arbitrary and discriminatory double standards. Law-breakers flaunt the law, while law-abiders are shunned and left to fend for themselves,” the letter said.

“Jewish students are blocked from attending classes, and fearful of setting foot on campus. Jewish employees fear bringing their children to MIT Daycare. The law-breaking and rule-defying is explicitly intended as a challenge [to] the presence of Jews at MIT,” the letter continued.

The committee asked leadership that rules about protests, political speech, and civility be enforced and that those who break the laws or campus rules be “promptly brought to justice.”

The committee also asked that an outside entity be allowed to come in and investigate the college’s response to the protests and that education on anti-Semitism be mandated for all staff of MIT.

Kornbluth was one of the school officials who testified before Congress on Tuesday about the pro-Palestinian protests that have broken out across college campuses in the wake of Hamas terrorist attacks in October that left 1,200 dead and thousands more wounded.

During her opening statement before Congress, Kornbluth said that her administration was “actively” fighting against anti-Semitism.

“As an American, as a Jew, and as a human being, I abhor anti-Semitism, and my administration is combatting it actively. Since October 7th, my campus communications have been crystal clear about the dangers of anti-Semitism and about the atrocity of the Hamas terror attack,” she said.

Protests on campus have previously included chants of “one solution, intifada revolution” and “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!”


“I strongly believe there’s a difference between what we can say to each other – that is, what we have a right to say – and what we should say, as members of one community,” Kornbluth said. “Yet as president of MIT – in addition to my duties to keep the campus safe, and to maintain the functioning of this national asset – I must, at the same time, ensure that we protect speech and viewpoint diversity, for everyone, in keeping with the institute’s principles on freedom of expression.”

In the letter, the MIT alumni said that they wanted to help MIT and were waiting for leadership to contact them.

“We are angry and heartbroken at the state of affairs at our alma mater. But we are also committed to fixing MIT. We will go to any lengths to restore MIT to the culture that made it great and beloved by its Jewish alumni,” they said.

The Daily Wire reached out to MIT for comment.

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