House GOP investigates college antisemitism

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House GOP lawmakers have announced that they are opening a formal investigation into several universities over their handling of antisemitism on campus. The investigation comes after a wave of violent anti-Jewish demonstrations that followed the Oct. 7 Hamas terror attack on Israel.

The House Education and Workforce Committee grilled the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania over their lack of action in response to the antisemitic incidents. House GOP Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-NY) expressed her disgust at the universities’ lack of action and announced the launch of an official Congressional investigation with the full force of subpoena power into Penn, MIT, & Harvard and others.

The investigation will look at the “learning environments” and “disciplinary procedures” at those institutions. The schools could be stripped of federal funding if they are found to be in 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.

During the hearing, Harvard University president Dr. Claudine Gay was evasive about whether calling for an ‘intifada’ violated the school’s code of conduct. University of Pennsylvania president Liz McGill also drew criticism following her exchange with Stefanik. Both presidents faced backlash for their responses.

Stefanik has demanded the firing of the presidents of all three schools following their appearances. The White House also issued a statement condemning the calls for genocide.

The congressional probe is intended to examine how deep the enabling of antisemitism goes. House Republicans have expressed concerns about the targeting and harassment of Jewish students at universities. The investigation is expected to hold these schools accountable for their failure to address antisemitism on campus. Other universities should expect investigations as well, as their similar failures have not gone unnoticed.

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