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College Presidents’ Pathetic Display of Antisemitism in Congressional Hearing Should be Warning to Parents

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For Immediate Release
December 6, 2023

Contact:  CWA Communications Team

College Presidents’ Pathetic Display of Antisemitism in Congressional Hearing Should be Warning to Parents

Failure to condemn Jew hatred on campus proves these colleges irredeemable

Washington, D.C.  –  Today, Concerned Women for America (CWA) strongly condemned the testimony of three women university presidents for their failure to condemn antisemitism and Jew hatred on their campuses. Harvard’s Claudine Gay, University of Pennsylvania’s Liz Magill, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sally Kornbluth testified before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee on Tuesday to defend their actions against antisemitism. 

Since the terrorist attacks on Israel by Hamas on October 7, antisemitism is on the rise, and pro-terrorist rallies and sympathies have been on display on college campuses around the country. Jews have been in fear for their lives, trapped in buildings, bullied, and persecuted for their religion, race, and nationality. Yet, these university presidents failed to condemn the actions of students perpetrating these attacks.

“The failure of these university presidents to condemn Jew hatred and calling for the genocide of an entire race of people is alarming and disgusting,” said Penny Nance, CEO and President of CWA. “This pathetic display should be a warning to parents to rethink their plans to send their kids to woke universities and to alumni and givers to these institutions that you should send your dollars elsewhere. If these presidents can’t stand against the horrific calls for Jewish genocide, their colleges should be shamed.”

CWA and its Young Women for America chapters have been hosting prayer vigils in support of Israel on college campuses around the country to counter this hatred against Jews rampant among young people.

“I wonder if these college presidents would classify calling for the genocide of all black people or all gay people as bullying, harassment, and hate speech,” said Annabelle Rutledge, Executive Vice President of CWA. “They would, and they should. The glaring hypocrisy that they can’t condemn threats of murder and violence against the Jewish people is shocking and revelatory. These same women think using the pronoun ‘he’ to refer to males is hate speech. It literally feels like we’re living in some warped alternative reality movie.”

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