ADL: Mock eviction notice describing Israeli house demolitions intimidates Harvard students

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You got to read this to believe it. For Israel Apartheid Week, the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee posted fake eviction notices on students’ dorm rooms to raise awareness of Palestinian conditions under occupation.

Here is the text of one such leaflet:  

We regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days. If you do not leave within the next three days, we reserve the right to destroy your suite. Anyone left inside is outside our responsibility. This may seem like harsh treatment, but, in reality, 24,813 houses have been demolished by the Israeli Defense Forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza since 1967, against international law and without proper justification. Home demolitions are one of many forms of collective punishment used by the Israeli Defense Forces. Surprised? Find out more at www.harvardpsc.com. And no, this is not a real eviction notice.

According to the Harvard Crimson, one of its editors, who is also a leader of Harvard Students for Israel, is upset about the action. Writes Anneli Tostar:

Sara Kantor ’14, co-chair of Harvard Students for Israel, said she believes the Harvard Israeli Apartheid Week is “inherently problematic.” …

“We feel bad responding to something that is so outside the spectrum of what we are willing to engage in,” said Kantor, who is a Crimson Arts editor and a former president of Harvard Hillel. “The issue is that it no longer becomes a question of dialogue—it simply becomes rhetoric and demonizes an entire nation and people.”

The Anti Defamation League has seized on the incident. Its latest press release states: “Mock Eviction Notices at Harvard Intimidate Students.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed outrage after mock eviction notices were posted on students’ doors in freshman and upper class dorms at Harvard University in an effort to promote “Israel Apartheid Week.”

The campaign, which was organized by the Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, distributed the offensive notices on March 2, which read “we regret to inform you that your suite is scheduled for demolition in the next three days” in reference to the group’s stance on Israel’s apparent treatment of the Palestinian population.

“This tactic is designed to silence and intimidate pro-Israel advocates at Harvard and campuses around the country,” said Robert Trestan, ADL Acting New England Regional Director.  “Free expression has a place on campus; however targeting the dorms of Harvard students lends itself to creating tension, isolating students and fomenting hostility.”

ADL also voiced its concern about the underlying anti-Israel message.

“We recognize and support free speech, but condemn the anti-Israel views expressed in the eviction notices as factually incorrect and intolerant,” Mr. Trestan said.  “This is an example of how anti-Israel activism on campus can cross the line by causing supporters to feel isolated and intimidated.”

P.S. Last year, as we reported, a similar action was undertaken at Florida schools and also elicited outrage from Zionists: “we will not sit idly by when Israel is singled out, delegitimized and demonized.” At that time, the Jewish press sought to claim that the eviction notices targeted Jewish students; but this was not the case, as Phan Nguyen established. And it was not the case at Harvard lately either.

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