Jewish students at Harvard University received mock eviction notices on their dormitory doors as part of an anti-Israel campaign organized by the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee.
The flyers, which informed the students that their rooms “were scheduled for demolition in the next three days,” were meant to invoke the “unlawful displacement of Palestinians from their homeland at the hands of the Israeli government,” the Harvard Crimson reported.
The notices were orchestrated as part of “Israeli Apartheid Week,” which is an annual series of anti-Israel lectures, events and protests that is aligned with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
“I feel like [Israeli Apartheid Week] goes against what Harvard stands for as a place for open academic dialogue, open thoughts, and open intellectual activity,” Harvard senior Steven J. Tricanowicz, who was one of the students effected by the notices, told the Harvard Crimson.
Many of the notices were later found ripped up and thrown on the ground.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed outrage over the incident.
“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,” he said.