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University of Pennsylvania president resigns after antisemitism testament By Reuters

© Reuters. University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill affirms before a House Education and The Workforce Committee hearing entitled “Holding Campus Leaders Accountable and Confronting Antisemitism” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 5, 2023. REUTERS/

By Kanishka Singh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill, who came under fire for her position on antisemitism on school, has actually resigned, the Ivy League school stated on Saturday.

Magill was among 3 leading university presidents who were slammed after they affirmed at a congressional hearing on Tuesday about an increase in antisemitism on college schools following the break out of the Israel-Hamas war in October.

She has actually accepted remain on up until an interim president is selected, Scott Bok, chair of the Philadelphia-based university’s board of trustees, stated on Saturday in a declaration published on the university’s site. Bok likewise stepped down.

“I write to share that President Liz Magill has voluntarily tendered her resignation as President of the University of Pennsylvania,” Bok stated in the statement launched by the university. Magill will stay a tenured professor at the university’s law school, Bok stated.

Magill, Harvard University President Claudine Gay, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Sally Kornbluth affirmed before a U.S. House of Representatives committee on Tuesday.

As they attempted to stroll a line that secured flexibility of speech, they decreased to offer a conclusive “yes” or “no” response to Republican Representative Elise Stefanik’s concern of whether requiring the genocide of Jews would breach their schools’ standard procedures relating to bullying and harassment.

Calls for Magill’s and Gay’s resignations in specific installed in the days after that testament. Magill launched a video on Wednesday in which she revealed remorse, Gay asked forgiveness on Friday.

Jewish trainees, households and alumni have actually implicated the schools of enduring antisemitism, specifically in declarations by pro-Palestinian demonstrators considering that the Islamist group Hamas assaulted Israel on Oct. 7 and eliminated around 1,200. That attack triggered a huge counterattack by Israel that has actually left over 17,700 Palestinians dead, according to the Gaza health ministry.

“One down. Two to go. This is only the very beginning of addressing the pervasive rot of antisemitism that has destroyed the most ‘prestigious’ higher education institutions in America,” Stefanik stated on social networks website X after Penn’s statement.

She stated Magill’s resignation was the “bare minimum of what is required” and advised Harvard and MIT to take comparable action.

Antisemitism and Islamophobia have actually increased dramatically in the United States and in other places considering that October.

Antisemitic occurrences in the United States increased by about 400% in the 2 weeks after the Hamas attack on Israel, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations stated today that in the 2 months after the war started, occurrences encouraged by Islamophobia and predisposition versus Palestinians and Arabs increased by 172% compared to the very same duration in 2015.

Eyal Yakoby, a University of Pennsylvania trainee who has actually taken legal action against the school declaring inadequate action to antisemitism, stated on CNN that Magill’s resignation was one action towards a more comprehensive modification at the university.

“This has been something that myself and many alumni and fellow students, parents been working on for a while … (but) this is just the first domino in a culture for many leaders including Chairman Bok who have allowed this to happen,” Yakoby stated.

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