Elom Tettey-Tamaklo was captured in a video alongside about half a dozen students holding up keffiyehs, the traditional headdress of Palestinians, and corralling a Jewish student on campus. The student allegedly interrupted a “die-in” protest on campus on Oct. 18, where other students lay on the ground,
by walking through the protesters and filming them. Tettey-Tamaklo stepped in to lead the students away from the demonstration while chanting “shame.”
The Harvard Grad Union took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to claim that Tettey-Tamaklo was a “student marshal” and intended to “ensure participant safety during campus protests.” Notably, some of the students donned yellow reflective vests as they escorted the students away, which is presumably the uniform of the marshals. Harvard Law Review editor Ibrahim Bharmal was wearing a vest. Tettey-Tamaklo was not wearing a vest at the time.
The Washington Examiner could not confirm who was or was not a marshal with Harvard University.
Tettey-Tamaklo is a second-year student at the Harvard Divinity School and a member of the Harvard Grad Union. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Clementine Cope Fellowship, which helps fund graduate studies. In an article announcing his award, he claims he was “guided by the values of trust, concern, and respect for all God’s creation” when he began his Master of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Politics program. The graduate student is also associated with the Black Christians for Palestine Network.
At one point, Tettey-Tamaklo is seen in the video sandwiching the student between himself and another supposed marshal.
“For weeks, Palestinian, Black, and Muslim students at Harvard have been doxxed, harassed, and intimidated,” the Harvard Grad Union wrote. “Not only has the university failed to protect these students, but Harvard is actively punishing and evicting them.”
Consequences have already set in for other universities accused of allowing antisemitism in on-campus protests. Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer and his wife Batia have stepped down from Harvard University’s executive board after dozens of student groups signed a letter that said they “hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence” from Hamas.