Controversial Response Penn and MIT Presidents Under Fire for Handling Antisemitism

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Harvard, Penn, and MIT presidents faced backlash for their handling of antisemitism. They wouldn't confirm if calls for Jewish genocide violate anti-bullying policies, outraging the community and officials.

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Presidents under fire for ambiguous response to antisemitism. Critics slammed their failure to condemn calls for genocide, demanding stronger action against hate speech.

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Jewish groups fumed at the presidents' response, citing inadequate student protection and demanding action against campus antisemitism. Apologies were also requested for insensitive remarks.

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Lawmakers grilled presidents at a hearing, demanding answers on enforcing anti-bullying policies and accusing them of prioritizing free speech over Jewish students' safety.

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White House blasts presidents for failing to condemn antisemitic calls for genocide, urging universities to step up against such hate.

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Prominent figures, including Bill Ackman, called for the presidents' resignations due to their "moral bankruptcy" and the "failures" of their institutions.ate

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Following criticism, Harvard, Penn, and MIT presidents clarified their stance against antisemitism, reaffirmed support for Jewish students, and promised stronger anti-discrimination policies.

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Antisemitism debate continues in universities: balancing free speech with student protection. Pressure mounts for universities to address on-campus antisemitism. Long-term impact unclear.