On Tuesday, the top law firm Davis Polk announced via an internal email that it has rescinded employment offers to three law students from Harvard and Colombia who signed onto a letter that sided with Hamas in the recent Israeli-Hamas conflict that has seen over 1,300 Israelis and at least 30 Americans massacred in the worst terrorist attack in Israeli history.
“These statements are simply contrary to our firm’s values and we thus concluded that rescinding these offers was appropriate in upholding our responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive work environment for all Davis Polk employees,” the email by Neil Barr explained, per NBC News.
“At this time, we remain in dialogue with two of these students to ensure that any further color being offered to us by these students is considered," Barr explained.
“The views expressed in certain of the statements signed by law school student organizations in recent days are in direct contravention of our firm’s value system. For this reason and to ensure we continue to maintain a supportive and inclusive work environment, the student leaders responsible for signing on to these statements are no longer welcome in our firm; and their offers of employment have thus been rescinded," the email continued.
The email, which was posted to LinkedIn by Joseph Gerstel and confirmed by the law firm, is yet another consequence to Ivy League students who signed onto various statements that condemned Israel, rather than Hamas, for the terrorist attack seen last weekend.
"We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence," 30 student organizations wrote in a letter following the attacks.
"The apartheid regime is the only one to blame," the students wrote. "Israeli violence has structured every aspect of Palestinian existence for 75 years. From systematized land seizures to routine airstrikes, arbitrary detentions to military checkpoints, and enforced family separations to targeted killings, Palestinians have been forced to live in a state of death, both slow and sudden."
Due to these statements, Ivy League students not only facing backlash from employers but also from former Harvard President Lawrence Summers who wrote following the publication of the letter, "In nearly 50 years of [Harvard] affiliation, I have never been as disillusioned and alienated as I am today."
"The silence from Harvard’s leadership, so far, coupled with a vocal and widely reported student groups' statement blaming Israel solely, has allowed Harvard to appear at best neutral towards acts of terror against the Jewish state of Israel," he explained.
As progressive Ivy League students show their true colors to America, many parents are considering the worthiness of these institutions to educate students. The law firm's decision to terminate these students' employment offers is justified and should be replicated for those who support a terrorist organization.
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