June 22, 2024

All Eyes on Harvard as Police Clear Pro-Hamas Encampments at MIT, Penn

Harvard University’s “encampment” is among the final main pro-Palestinian (successfully, pro-Hamas) occupations nonetheless standing after police cleared demonstrators Friday from the close by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Pennsylvania.

According to The Tech, the MIT scholar newspaper, police arrived at the middle of campus early Friday morning and started clearing the encampment and making arrests (authentic emphasis):

4:03 AM: A quarter-hour’ discover was issued to pro-Palestinian scholar demonstrators to vacate the premises.

Within minutes, encampment associates and different pro-Palestinian scholar demonstrators had been escorted out of Kresge Oval and onto Mass Ave.

7:38 AM: In an announcement to the MIT neighborhood at 7:38 a.m., President Kornbluth detailed the occasions of this morning and offered a timeline of key occasions for the reason that institution of the encampment as much as its elimination. Kornbluth writes that she “had no choice but to remove such a high-risk flashpoint at the very center of our campus.”

Later within the day, pro-Palestinian protesters and their supporters held a rally on campus to protest the elimination of the encampment. Some chanted, “Oink, oink, piggy, piggy / we’re going to make your life sh*tty,” The Tech reported.

Cambridge, MA – May 9: Pro-Palestinian protestors blocking storage exit at the Garvey Building on the MIT campus. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe by way of Getty Images)

The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that 33 folks had been arrested at the Philadelphia campus, “including” college students:

Penn Police officers in riot gear, with the help of Philadelphia Police, arrested 33 people at the Gaza Solidarity Encampment at round 6 a.m. on Friday.

The arrests and clearing of tents came about on the sixteenth day of the encampment, which started on the afternoon of April 25. Up to 40 tents took up one sq. of College Green ufntil [sic] Tuesday, when at least eight tents had been moved over as the encampment expanded east of the Ben Franklin statue. Penn Police officers accomplished arrests after about an hour, together with by transferring a number of people out of their tents.

The spokesperson added that roughly 33 people had been arrested “without incident” and cited for defiant trespass. They mentioned that, after looking the encampment, Penn Police discovered “several long lengths (6-10 feet) of heavy gauge chains, as well as smaller chains with nuts and bolts attached that could be used as weapons.”

The Daily Pennsylvanian famous that “at least” seven of the 33 arrestees had been college students. Penn, previously identified as a closely Jewish campus, has been a hotbed of antisemitic rhetoric and protests for the reason that Hamas assault October 7.

Harvard has warned the handfuls of protesters nonetheless occupying Harvard Yard to depart, and has placed them on what is known as — in a usually Harvardian euphemism — “involuntary absence.” Graduation within the Yard might be held May 22.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the writer of the current e-book, “The Zionist Conspiracy (and how to join it),” now obtainable on Audible. He can be the writer of the e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.