On Oct. 7, Hamas terrorists killed more than 1300 Israelis in a horrifying display of inhumanity that left Kenyon and the rest of the world in shock. In acts of retaliation by the Israeli government, thousands of Palestinians have since been killed in Israel’s air strikes on Gaza.
Following these attacks, an Israeli student at Columbia University was allegedly beaten outside of the campus library with a stick. And earlier this week, a six-year-old Palestinian-American boy died after being stabbed 26 times by his landlord, who has since been charged with hate crimes. Though the lives of Israelis and Palestinians are most affected by the ongoing conflict, the impact has extended beyond the Middle East and through college campuses across the United States.
As the Kenyon community grapples with these losses, we must work to meet each other in empathy and understanding, rather than in our feelings of fear and grief. Condemning the actions of terrorists and governments is justifiable, but vilifying people on the basis of their religion or nationality is not.
We believe that Kenyon should be a place of empathy and safety for all students as well as a place of teaching and learning. Kenyon is capable of conversations that are free of fear, bigotry and hateful rhetoric, even when talking about issues as emotionally charged as the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.
We at the Collegian stand against violence and prejudice directed at both Muslim and Jewish people. As a campus community we have the responsibility to support one another and come together, and this duty is especially important in times as divisive and frightening as now. At Kenyon, there is more that unites us than divides us.
Hannah, Katie and Audrey
The staff editorial is written weekly by editors-in-chief Katie Sparvero ’25 and Audrey Baker ’25 and managing editor Hannah Sussman ’25. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, respectively.