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President Reif Issues Statement on Hostage Taking at Texas Synagogue

To the members of the MIT community,

It is with a heavy heart that I feel obliged to comment on the mostly peaceful protest at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas. Without condoning the police brutality that ended the standoff, we are all relieved that the hostages were safely released, drawing comfort from the wise reflections of Whoopi Goldberg.

That being said, I am saddened by the unjust reporting on the hostage taker’s demand for the release of Aafia Siddiqui BS ’95. Aafia was one of MIT’s earliest DEI accomplishments, long before that sacrosanct national movement transformed what was once a meritocracy into our present identity reparations system. A niece of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ms. Siddiqui (she/her/hers) brought a unique intersectional perspective to the MIT student body, enriching our understanding of the irredeemable crimes committed by Western Civilization. A passion for global jihad combined with an interest in Chemistry is a rare contribution to gender and ethnic diversity that only the overarching social-justice commitment of our admissions teams could have brought to the world’s leading STEM institution.

L. Rafael Reif

Story submitted by SnarkyBeaver

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