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Ivy League Schools Confronted: ‘Jews Are At The Bottom Of The Totem Pole’

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During a House committee hearing, Rep. Virginia Foxx confronted the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn about the surge in antisemitism on college campuses following the Israel-Hamas war.

Foxx accused the universities of supporting a “race-based ideology of the radical left” and highlighted specific instances of antisemitism on their campuses.

She played a video of pro-Palestinian protesters and quoted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s speech on antisemitism. (Trending: Elon Musk Condemns Arrest Of Jan 6 Protester)

Foxx criticized the universities for failing to address antisemitism, linking it to the influence of critical race theory and similar ideologies.

She urged the presidents to confront and condemn the ideology driving antisemitism, questioning their courage to do so.

Foxx closed by emphasizing the universities’ role in shaping academia’s future and the need for moral clarity and courage in leadership.

“As you confront our questions in this hearing, remember that you are not speaking to us, but to the students on your campus who have been threatened and assaulted and who look to you to protect them,” Foxx said. ”

“Many of the people who express these sentiments in America aren’t neo-Nazis or card-carrying Klan members or Islamist extremists.”

“They’re in many cases people that most liberal Jewish Americans felt previously were their ideological fellow travelers.”

“Not long ago, many of us marched together for black and brown lives,” Schumer said.

Foxx pressed that the speech “by the most powerful elected Jewish politician in America was addressed to many on his left flank. He questioned how those elements of the left, which pride themselves on diversity and inclusion, could be responsible for fomenting such hatred towards liberal Jewish Americans.”

“However, after the events of the past two months, it is clear that rabid antisemitism and the university are two ideas that cannot be cleaved from one another,” Foxx added.

“We must be clear on the ideological dimension of this problem. For years, universities have stoked the flames of an ideology which goes by many names — anti-racism, anti-colonialism, critical race theory, DEI, intersectionality, the list goes on,” Foxx continued.

“And now it is clear that Jews are at the bottom of the totem pole and without protection under this critical theory framework,” she said.

“Harvard also, not coincidentally but causally, was ground zero for antisemitism following October 7th and is the single least tolerant school in the nation according to the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression’s 2024 College Free Speech Rankings.”

“UPenn is right behind them at 247th of 248. MIT is in the middle of the pack. What I am describing is a grave danger inherent in assenting to the race-based ideology of the radical left.”

“Senator Schumer hasn’t put the pieces together, but the picture is far too clear now to American Jews,” Foxx said.

“Institutional antisemitism and hate are among the poisoned fruits of your institutions’ cultures. The buck for what has happened must stop on the President’s desk, along with the responsibility for making never again true on campus.”

“Do you have the courage to truly confront and condemn the ideology driving antisemitism? Or will you offer weak, blame-shifting excuses and yet another responsibility dodging taskforce?”

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