House votes to condemn university presidents for tolerating antisemitism on campuses, votes by party differed

House condemns university presidents for tolerating antisemitism on campuses, votes by party differed

(As originally published with additional photos and video, Wed, December 13th 2023, 7:19 PM EST)

WASHINGTON (TND) — The House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the presidents of three of the nation’s most prestigious universities for their testimony on antisemitism on their campuses.

Late Wednesday afternoon, more than two-thirds of representatives — 303 — voted for the resolution, 126 voted against it, three voted present, and two didn’t vote.

The resolution was bipartisan and all but one Republican voted for it. Notably, Democrats voted against it by a 3 to 2 margin.

“Many university administrations have failed to address the rise of antisemitism,” the resolution said, which led to last Tuesday’s committee hearing “to hold universities accountable.”

House Resolution by Lenny Cohen on Scribd

It recalled, “The presidents of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology were asked if calling for the genocide of Jews violates university policies on bullying and harassment,” and called the presidents’ answers “evasive and dismissive, failing to simply condemn such action.”

It specifically noted

  • Elizabeth Magill of Penn “stated, ‘It is a context-dependent decision,’”
  • Claudine Gay of Harvard “insisted that it ‘depends on the context,’” and
  • Sally Kornbluth of MIT “responded it would only constitute harassment if it were ‘targeted at individuals.’”
House votes to condemn university presidents for tolerating antisemitism on campuses, votes by party differed
The condemned: MIT president Sally Kornbluth (from left), Penn president Elizabeth Magill, and Harvard president Claudine Gay testifying before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Dec. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Since then, Magill resigned, and according to the resolution, “The other presidents should follow suit.”

Gay has since apologized for struggling to clearly answer, and Tuesday, the Harvard Corporation released a statement reaffirming their support of her, adding that calls for violence against students will not be tolerated.

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