Harvard President Claudine Gay faced criticism from the local campus Jewish organization after not explicitly stating that calls for the genocide of Jews violated the university’s code of conduct.
The organization called for action to protect Jewish students, expressing shock at the president’s refusal to draw a line on threatening antisemitic speech.
They questioned her ability to safeguard Jewish students and urged her to take action against those using threatening speech that violates community standards. (Trending: Joe Biden Admits He’s ‘Not Sure’ About Running If Trump Wasn’t)
Harvard President Refuses to Condemn Calls For Genocide Against Jewish People.
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The organization’s president described the president’s testimony as disappointing and emphasized the need for strong resolve in addressing campus antisemitism.
“President Gay’s refusal to draw a line around threatening antisemitic speech as a violation of Harvard’s policies is profoundly shocking given explicit provisions within the conduct code prohibiting this kind of bullying and harassment,” the Harvard Hillel stated.
“We are appalled by the need to state the obvious: A call for genocide against Jews is always a hateful incitement of violence. President Gay’s failure to properly condemn this speech calls into question her ability to protect Jewish students on Harvard’s campus,” the Harvard Hillel added.
“Chants to ‘globalize the intifada,’ an endorsement of violent terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli civilians, and ‘from the river to the sea,’ an eliminationist slogan intended to deprive Jews of their right to self-determination in Israel, have become tragically routine at Harvard.”
“President Gay’s testimony fails to reassure us that the University is seriously concerned about the antisemitic rhetoric pervasive on campus. We call on President Gay to take action against those using threatening speech that violates our community standards.”
“President Gay’s testimony today was stunning and utterly disappointing,” Harvard Hillel President Jacob Miller wrote.
“Tackling campus antisemitism will take head-on resolve, not the weak equivocation that was on display today.”
The testimony occurred during a congressional hearing where university leaders were questioned about their responses to protests following an attack on Israel by Hamas.