MIT faces backlash for not expelling anti-Israel protesters over ‘visa issues’: ‘Who is in charge?’

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came under fire this week after its administrators admitted that the university stopped short of expelling anti-Israel student protesters due to “visa issues.”

MIT President Sally Kornbluth said in a Nov. 9 statement that the school suspended students who participated in the disruptive protests from off-campus activities to avoid “collateral consequences for students, such as visa issues.” He said he would just dispose of it. The day before, the Anti-Apartheid Coalition, a pro-Palestinian student group, had staged a large-scale protest that Kornbluth acknowledged violated MIT’s policies governing student conduct.

“Early in the morning, head-on clashes between protesters and counter-protesters intensified,” Kornbluth said. “We had serious concerns that it could lead to violence. We wanted to prevent further escalation and protect the physical safety of everyone in attendance, including student demonstrators and passersby in the busiest lobby.” We felt it was imperative for the administration to take action to protect this.”

“Students can remain enrolled at MIT and attend academic classes and labs,” she continued, referring to “visa issues” for some protesters. “We will refer this interim measure to an ad hoc grievance team, including the chair of the disciplinary committee, for a final decision.”

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MIT quickly received criticism for the decision, as it had threatened to expel students who violated guidance and policies regarding such behavior before the destructive protests. Kornbluth’s statements appear to contradict previous commitments, they argued.

“So, after repeated warnings, MIT intended to suspend these students for clearly intentionally violating the rules, but did not do so because it could have led to their visas being revoked.” , conservative commentator and author A.G. Hamilton wrote about X. It seems like that’s something the students should have considered in advance…

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) added in his post that “‘visa issues’ are grounds not only for suspending these pro-Hamas foreign nationals, but for immediate deportation.” Ta.

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Israel War Room, a group that tracks attacks against Jews, posted a video on Sunday that appears to show an anti-Israel demonstrator boasting that he had succeeded in getting the university to “back down” from previous threats. “Who’s in charge, MIT?” the group said in a post.

“MIT did not want to punish anti-Semitic foreign students who harassed American Jews on campus,” conservative lawyer Marina Medvin said. “MIT did not want to punish anti-Semitic foreign students who harassed American Jews on campus. Because it leads to eviction,” conservative lawyer Marina Medvin told X. Morality goes out of control. ”

“MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. These days, foreigners make up about 30 percent of MIT students,” she continued. “Jewish students, on the other hand, make up about 6% of MIT students and are a minority on campus.”

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Additionally, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg, who founded two left-wing groups, the New Democrat Network and the New Policy Institute, also criticized MIT administrators.

“These are not easy times for college leaders, but how can you be okay?”

A photo illustration shows MIT President Sally Kornbluth next to a recent pro-Palestinian protest on MIT’s campus. Kornbluth said the school does not intend to suspend students who violate its protest policy because of “visa issues.” (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the pro-Israel student group MIT Israel Alliance and its supporters have accused school officials in recent weeks of “failing to respond clearly” to repeated harassment of Jewish students and staff by the anti-apartheid coalition. are doing.

In a statement, the pro-Jewish group said, “With each passing day, the silence of MIT administrators increases. Jewish and Israeli students I feel unsafe at MIT. ”


MIT staff separately told FOX News Digital that the administration has “received additional complaints regarding the conduct of individual protesters and counter-protesters and will respond immediately.”

MIT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News Digital reporter Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.