A student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has caused quite a stir by rudely interrupting a math lecture to spew some ridiculous propaganda. The unidentified student, desperate for attention, stood before the class and awkwardly flailed his arms and legs, demanding to speak. After being initially ignored by the lecturer, the student continued to squirm and fidget until finally being allowed to blurt out his nonsense.
— Julie Christian (@jchristian61) November 13, 2023
The student proceeded to read a prepared statement from his phone, accusing MIT, Israel, and the United States of perpetuating an “ongoing genocide of Gaza.” He then dramatically waved a Palestinian flag and chanted “Free Palestine!” while a few others awkwardly joined in. What a spectacle!
Billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman posted the embarrassing clip, highlighting the absurdity of the situation and criticizing the state of “free speech” at top universities. He rightly pointed out the irony of a student causing a disruption in the name of free speech, when in reality, he was just preventing others from learning.
The real victims here are the Jewish and Israeli students at MIT who have been physically blocked from attending classes by a hostile group called the Coalition Against Apartheid. These students have been intimidated and harassed, with some fearing for their safety on campus. This is absolutely unacceptable and goes against the fundamental values of a university.
It’s time for universities to take a stand and prioritize the safety and well-being of all students, instead of allowing a small group of activists to disrupt the learning environment. Hopefully, MIT will address this incident and take concrete steps to ensure that all students feel safe and welcome on campus.