Jewish students share concerns about anti-Semitism on campus ahead of president’s resignation – LSB

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A growing number of Jewish students at the University of Pennsylvania have expressed concerns about campus life in the wake of controversial testimony by former university president Liz Magill earlier in the week.

UPenn student Kevin Peña told FOX 29 that his fellow fraternity members “don’t feel comfortable even walking outside our house wearing the hoodie just because they don’t know if they’re going to get harassed.”

UPenn President during the House hearing

Liz Magill, president of the University of Pennsylvania, testifies before the House Education and Workforce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 05, 2023 in Washington, DC (Kevin Deitch/Getty Images)

Another student, Leah Weinberger, said many Jewish students are reconsidering their applications to Penn after Magill.

“Even people who are thinking about applying — Jewish students from the Northeast, where I’m from, from everywhere — don’t even apply,” Weinberger told the site. “They choose other schools just because of concerns.”

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Another student, Eyal Lubin, said Magill had not shown “humanity the real reason behind what is happening here in Pennsylvania.”

Their comments follow controversial testimony in Congress from Magill and her counterparts at Harvard and MIT regarding anti-Semitism on campus. Such incidents have increased in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas.

During a series of heated questioning, Magill was grilled during a five-hour hearing, along with Harvard President Claudine Guy and MIT President Sally Kornbluth, about how their institutions responded to anti-Semitism on campus.

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UPenn Campus

University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images/File)

Much of the negative reaction centered on questioning by Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-New York, who repeatedly asked Magill whether “advocating the genocide of Jews” would violate each university’s code of conduct.

Whether hate speech crosses the line into violating Penn’s policies depends on the context, Magill said.

“If the rhetoric turns into behavior, it could constitute harassment,” Magill said.

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Her comments – and Jay’s similar ones – sparked swift international backlash. On Wednesday, Magill apologized and retracted some of her comments, but calls for her resignation — including from high-profile donors — quickly escalated.

The university’s Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting on Thursday, and Magill resigned on Saturday.


“I am writing to share that President Liz Magill has voluntarily resigned as president of the University of Pennsylvania. She will remain a tenured member of the Penn Curry Law faculty,” Board of Trustees Chairman Scott L. Bock wrote in a statement.

Fox News Digital has reached out to UPenn for comment.

FOX Business’s Adam Sipes and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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