Harvard to host Palestinian professor who said Hamas’ Oct 7 attack was ‘just a normal human struggle for freedom’ and blamed Israel for ‘making us take their children and elderly as hostages’

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Dalal Saeb Iriqat is an Associate Professor at the Arab American University
  • She is due to speak at  Harvard’s Kennedy school’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on March 7
  • Iriqat shared cartoons likening Israel to Nazis and blamed the country’s ‘right wing extremist government’ for Hamas attack

Harvard is set to host a controversial Palestinian professor who said Hamas’ October 7 attack was ‘just a normal human struggle’ and blamed Israel for ‘making us take their children and elderly as hostages’.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat, an Associate Professor at the Arab American University, is due to appear at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy school on March 7.

Her appearance is part of a series entitled Middle East Dialogues, billed as conversations to ‘understand what is happening and to expose them to the best thinking on how peace may be achieved’.

However, Iriqat came under fire in the wake of the terror attacks after posting online that the resulting 1,200 deaths and hundreds of abductions were ‘just a normal human struggled for freedom’.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat has been invited to speak at Harvard’s Kennedy school’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on March 7

Her appearance is part of a series entitled Middle East Dialogues designed to examine how peace can be achieved. However, Iriqat has been outspoken in blaming Israel for the Hamas attack of October 7

Her appearance is part of a series entitled Middle East Dialogues designed to examine how peace can be achieved. However, Iriqat has been outspoken in blaming Israel for the Hamas attack of October 7

She doubled down in the face of criticism, sharing another post blaming Israel for the attacks the next day.

‘We will never forgive the Israeli right wing extreme government for making us take their children and elderly as hostages,’ she posted on X, formerly Twitter.

‘The Israeli public need to realize that their own government had caused all this bloodshed and they remain the ones responsible for this escalation and losses of civilians lives.’

Her invitation comes as Harvard is struggling to repair its reputation after being accused of failing to act on anti-Semitism on its campus since October 7.

The university parted ways with former president Claudine Gay amid a backlash towards her public statements around tackling anti-Semitism at her school.

These included a disastrous Congressional hearing where she failed to state calling for a Jewish genocide would constitute hate speech.

Jewish students are also filing a lawsuit accusing the school of enabling anti-Semitism.

In the months since the attack, around 25,000 Palestinians have been killed by retaliatory strikes by Israel.

Iriqat called the terror attack which killed around 1,200 'just a normal human struggled for freedom'.

Iriqat called the terror attack which killed around 1,200 ‘just a normal human struggled for freedom’.

Her appearance comes as Harvard continues to reckon with its failures to address anti-Semitism on campus

Her appearance comes as Harvard continues to reckon with its failures to address anti-Semitism on campus

On October 30, Iriqat shared graphic cartoons on her Facebook page likening Israel to the Nazis.

She has also pushed conspiracy theories that Israel lied about what happened on October 7 including that bodies burned by Hamas were not Israelis.

Advertising the events, Harvard acknowledged the controversy surrounding its approach to the conflict.

‘Aa time when much attention has been focused on our University and its perceived failures in fostering dialogue on difficult, divisive issues, we have been working quietly to demonstrate that this is in fact a place where open inquiry, searching debate, and honest conversation can and do happen,’ the school said.

Other speakers due to appear include for senior advisor to Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Salam Fayyad, the former prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, Einat Wilf, a former member of the Israeli Knesset, and Matt Duss, a foreign policy advisor to Bernie Sanders.

DailyMail.com has contacted Harvard and Iriqat for comment. 

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