News & Notes: Harvard students stage protest during speech by Israeli military officer
About 15 Harvard students staged a “die-in” at the entrance of the Harvard Hillel building on Thursday night, according to the Harvard Crimson.
The protest involved students lying down near the building’s entrance. The protest did not block access to the building, and a campus police officer was present. Students were protesting an event inside the building featuring Israeli military officer Gedalia Gillis, who had been speaking about his military experience during a time of heightened conflict and violence between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip.
The protest was organized by the Palestine Solidarity Committee, and participating students wore signs with the names of Palestinians killed in the 2014 conflict written on them. Some of the students read the names aloud and handed out flyers.
Protesters notified Harvard Dean of Student Life Stephen Lassonde and the Harvard Police Department ahead of time, and both Lassonde and director of the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations were reported to have stopped by the protest.