Through this action, the Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee hoped to raise awareness on campus about the current Israeli attack on the Palestinian people and to spread solidarity with the embattled people of the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip has been under a crippling Israeli economic and political blockade since 2007, and last Wednesday Israel launched an unprovoked assault that has killed at least 110 (including three generations of one family) and injured at least 900 Palestinians.
The Harvard student die-in in solidarity with the people of the Gaza Strip comes amidst a wider mobilization in solidarity with the Palestinian people occurring across the Greater Boston area. Since last Wednesday, protests and a die-in have been held in Copley Square and Boston Common, while Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine staged a die-in at Marsh Plaza of Boston University Monday at noon. The mobilization is a part of a spontaneous worldwide movement in solidarity with the Palestinian people that has thus far seen protests in over 300 cities worldwide.
Since last Wednesday, Israel has launched an unprovoked, relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip that has killed more than a hundred and injured many more. The Gaza Strip’s 1.7 million people live within 141 square miles (about the size of Greater Boston), and due to the siege of Gaza imposed by Israel they are restricted from fleeing Israeli bombs. Israeli members of Parliament have recently called for Gaza to be “erased” and turned into a “graveyard,” a fact which makes our die-in today all the more urgent.
Additional information can also be found in the article published by The Crimson, “Students Protest Violence in the Gaza Strip”, and more pictures can be seen on the Facebook page of the Palestine Solidarity Committee.