The New York Times reports that the Ivy League schoolpennsylvaniaUniversity President Elizabeth Magill controversially responded to anti-Semitic comments at a recent congressional hearing, but did not respond to calls for genocideJewishShould their students be punished has been the subject of constant criticism and pressure from sponsors and politicians. Four days after the incident broke, Maguire announced his resignation on the 9th, becoming the first university president in the United States to resign due to anti-Semitism. comments and the chairman of the school’s board of directors, Scott L. Bock, also resigned.
On the 5th of this month, Maguire attended a House of Representatives hearing on campus anti-Semitism.RepresentativeWhen asked by Elise Stefanik whether “calling for the genocide of the Jews is bullying or harassment,” Maguire replied, “If it’s targeted, severe and widespread, it’s harassment.”
When Stefanik asked again if the answer was yes, Maguire did not answer directly, but said “it depends on the specific situation.” Two other presidents of Harvard University, Claudine Gay and MIT President Sally Kornbluth, who also attended the hearing, responded similarly, saying they believed that freedom of speech should be protected by law.
Maguire’s speech sparked outrage among Jewish students, faculty, and alumni at the school, including strong criticism from Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro and two Democratic congressmen. Even the school’s sponsors demanded that Maguire resign, otherwise their $31 billion donation would be withheld.
In response, Madill first issued a statement apologizing on the evening of the 6th, saying that he was focused on the speech itself and should not be punished, while ignoring calls for the genocide of Jews. Given, which is undoubtedly an atrocity. Humanity.
However, the incident did not end with an apology, but continued to spread. Maguire ultimately announced her resignation from the presidency on the 9th, becoming the shortest-serving president of the University of Pennsylvania since 1930. She will remain in office until the acting president is elected, and will continue to serve in the future. Polk, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, will continue to serve at the School of Law, effective immediately.