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Claudine Gay Receives Substaintial Internal Backing As Outside Pressure Mounts Against The Harvard President

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Harvard faculty members supported University President Claudine Gay in response to a congressional hearing about antisemitism on campus.

The Harvard Corporation is now considering making a public statement in support of Gay.

The faculty members urged the board to defend the university’s independence and resist political pressures. (Trending: Tucker Carlson Reveals ‘Secret’ Project He’s Been Working On For Months)

The letter pressed that its signees “urge you in the strongest possible terms to defend the independence of the university and to resist political pressures that are at odds with Harvard’s commitment to academic freedom, including calls for the removal of President Claudine Gay.”

“The critical work of defending a culture of free inquiry in our diverse community cannot proceed if we let its shape be dictated by outside forces,” the letter added.

“There is, as I’ve said, definitely room to explore the parameters and clarify the parameters of free speech, and free expression, and academic freedom, and so on on campuses,” Sheila Jasanoff said.

“I don’t think that the people who were taking the lead in the congressional inquiries were doing so with good faith intentions.”

The support follows controversy over Gay’s response to questions about calls for the genocide of Jews violating Harvard’s rules.

Billionaire Bill Ackman wrote a letter to the Harvard governing boards of directors stating that Gay’s “failure to condemn the most vile and barbaric terrorism the world has ever seen, for supporting rather than condemning 34 Harvard-branded student organizations who hold Israel ‘entirely responsible’ for Hamas’ barbaric acts, for failing to enforce Harvard’s own rules on student conduct, and for her other failures of leadership, President Gay catalyzed an explosion of antisemitism and hate on campus that is unprecedented in Harvard’s history.”

Ackman noted that Gay’s actions “have led to billions of dollars of canceled, paused, and withdrawn donations to the university.”

Most faculty members and alumni supported Gay, while others criticized her handling of the issue.

“We want them to state this publicly: that they support the leadership of President Gay and the ability of faculty and students to go about free inquiry,” Government professor Ryan D. Enos said.

“[T]he system at Harvard along with the ideology that grips far too many of the students and faculty, the ideology that works only along axes of oppression and places Jews as oppressors and therefore intrinsically evil, is itself evil,” Rabbi David Wolpe said.

“Ignoring Jewish suffering is evil. Belittling or denying the Jewish experience, including unspeakable atrocities, is a vast and continuing catastrophe. Denying Israel the self-determination as a Jewish nation accorded unthinkingly to others is endemic, and evil.”

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