Presidents from nine universities in Israel signed and sent a letter to their international colleagues on Wednesday to express their “deep concern” over narratives from some academic institutions that “misrepresent” the conflict between Israel and Hamas, or even target Israelis and Jews.

On Oct. 7, Hamas terrorists invaded Israel and murdered more than 1,400 people, including babies, children, Jews, Muslims and Christians, while also taking 240 people hostage.

In retaliation, Israel launched an offensive targeting Hamas leaders hiding among the people of Gaza. Some see the retaliation from Israel as murderous, while others say Israelis have the right to defend themselves after falling victim to a surprise attack.

The nine presidents — Prof. Arie Zaban, president of Bar-Ilan University; Prof. Daniel A. Chamovitz, president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Prof. Alon Chen, president of Weizmann Institute of Science; Prof. Asher Cohen, president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Prof. Leo Corry, president of the Open University of Israel; Prof. Ehud Grossman, president of Ariel University; Prof. Ariel Porat, president of Tel-Aviv University; Prof. Ron Robin, president of University of Haifa; Prof. Uri Sivan, president of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology — stood together by signing a letter in opposition of the infiltration of ideas suggesting Hamas’s atrocities were justified.

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