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Leaders of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn urged to resign following congressional testimony

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A group of House Democrats have sent a letter to the leaders of Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania, criticising campus policies to combat antisemitism following recent terror attacks in Israel. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has led a separate letter calling for the universities to remove their presidents in response to a hearing that discussed the increase in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim attacks since the Hamas attack on Israel and Israel’s invasion of Gaza. The comments from the university presidents drew immediate blowback, with the White House calling them monstrous and antithetical to American values. The Democratic letter called out the universities for failing to address antisemitism on their campuses and is pushing for updated codes of conduct to protect students. The ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict has also led to disruptions and scandals at several universities in the Northeast. Several of these universities, including Columbia, are under federal investigation for discrimination allegations related to antisemitism or anti-Muslim harassment. The recent suspensions of anti-Zionist student groups at Columbia for violating event policies that had been quietly changed just before the suspensions, has also sparked controversy.

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