|Harvard. Penn. NYU. Yale. America’s elite colleges are under pressure in the aftermath of Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel.
At Harvard, a group of more than 30 student organizations released a statement that said Israel’s government was “entirely responsible for all the unfolding violence.” Wall Street billionaire Bill Ackman responded by calling on the university to release the names of the students in the groups that signed the letter. Later, a truck was seen driving through Harvard’s campus with a digital billboard displaying the faces and names of students involved.
Many Harvard students have said the organizations signed the letter without them knowing, and several groups retracted their support for it. You can read more on what Harvard students have made of the past week here.
Elsewhere, the CEO of alternatives giant Apollo has called on the leaders of Penn to step down. An NYU law student had their employment offer rescinded over their social media posts. An online petition is calling for a Yale professor’s ouster for her social media posts.
The reactions reflect many things at once, from anger over the letter, to tensions over freedom of speech, to a rift between Wall Street and Big Law and the campuses they recruit from.
Insider’s global team is reporting on the latest from Israel and Gaza as the war continues. You can get the latest news here.