Ivy League University Presidents Grilled Over Response to Anti-Semitic Hate on Campuses

By Robyn Spradlin

by Danielle Dolin

Three Ivy League universities presidents were grilled on Capitol Hill over their responses to the outburst of antisemitic hatred on their campuses in the wake of the Hamas Oct. 7th terror attack on Israel.

Claudine Gay of Harvard University, Salley Kornbluth of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Elizibeth Magill of University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) testified before the House Education and Workforce Committee concerning the rise in antisemitic protests, calls for genocide and global intifada on their campuses that resulted in Jewish students being harassed, assaulted, felling unsafe and living in fear.

Rep. Elise Stefanick (R-NY) pointedly asked the presidents if calling for the genocide of Jews was against the code of conduct at the universities. Shallow, evasive answers about the context followed.

Magill said, “It is a context-dependent decision,” to which Stefanick retorted, “Calling for the genocide of Jews is dependent on the context? That is not bullying or harassment?”

Harvard’s leader said, “When speech crosses into conduct, we take action,” while MIT’s chief said such language would be investigated as harassment “if pervasive and severe.”

Kornbluth, the only Jewish panelist, added, “I know some Israeli and Jewish students feel unsafe on campus.”

She noted that the horror of the Hamas attacks, antisemitism’s history and chants during the demonstrations had caused Jewish student’s pain.

However, the three leader’s overall reluctance to admit calling for the genocide of the Jewish people was against school policy galled alumni, free speech exerts and the Jewish community, as a whole.

The White House chimed in, calling antisemitism, “monstrous and antithetical to everything we represent as a country.”

Andrew Bates, White House deputy press secretary, added,

“Any statements that advocate for the systematic murder of Jews are dangerous and revolting—and we should all stand firmly against them, on the side of human dignity and the most basic values that unite us as Americans.”

On Dec. 8th G-O-P lawmakers launched an investigation into multiple universities focused on the institutions handling of antisemitism. Reportedly the probe will look at the learning environment and the disciplinary procedures. There are questions concerning the violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs or activities receiving government money. If noncompliance is established, the institutions could lose their federal funding.

Education and Workforce Committee Chairwoman, Virginia Foxx (R-NC) made it clear more than MIT, Harvard and UPenn were under scrutiny, according to the New York Post.

“The disgusting targeting and harassment of Jewish students is not limited to these institutions,” Foxx said, “and other universities should expect investigations as well, as their litany of similar failures has not gone unnoticed.”

You can watch the Committee Hearing here.

Robyn Spradlin is a freelance journalist working as a contributor for Christian News Journal covering news and politics on the national and state levels. She has worked as a copywriter for Victory News on the Victory Channel since 2022. Robyn has an BA in Communication Studies and MA in Journalism from Regent University and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association. She is an author, evangelistic minister and a musician. She lives in South Florida where she enjoys the outdoors when she’s not writing.

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