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’

  • Dalal Saeb Iriqat is an associate professor at the Arab American University
  • She will speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on March 7
  • Iriqat shared cartoons comparing Israel to Nazis and blamed 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 ‘letting us take their children and the elderly hostage’.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat, an associate professor at the Arab American University, will appear March 7 at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

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

However, Iriqat came under fire in the wake of the terror attacks after he posted online that the resulting 1,200 deaths and hundreds of kidnappings were ‘just a normal person struggling for freedom’.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat was invited to speak at Harvard's Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs on March 7.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat was 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 explore how peace can be achieved.  However, Iriqat was outspoken in blaming Israel for the October 7 Hamas attack

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

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 far-right government for letting us take their children and the elderly hostage,” she posted on X, formerly Twitter.

“The Israeli public must realize that their own government has caused all this bloodshed and they remain the ones responsible for this escalation and loss of civilian life.”

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

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

This included a disastrous Congressional hearing where she failed to declare that calling for a Jewish genocide would be hate speech.

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

In the months since the attack, approximately 25,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli retaliatory attacks.

Iriqat called the terrorist attack, which killed around 1,200, 'just a normal person struggling for freedom'.

Iriqat called the terrorist attack, which killed around 1,200, ‘just a normal person struggling 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 comparing Israel to the Nazis.

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

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

‘At a time when much attention has been focused on our University and its perceived failures in fostering dialogue on difficult, divisive issues, we have quietly worked to demonstrate that it is in fact a place where open enquiry, incisive debate and honest conversations can and do happen,’ the school said.

Other speakers scheduled to appear include senior adviser 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 adviser to Bernie Sanders.

DailyMail.com has contacted Harvard and Iriqat for comment.