The emails named Penn Hillel, a Jewish organization, and Lauder College House, an on-campus housing unit
The University of Pennsylvania told the FBI about emails containing threats of violence toward its Jewish community. From Fox News:
Penn president Liz Magill emailed the campus community on Monday advising them that university staff members received “disturbing antisemitic emails” “threatening violence” against its Jewish community. The messages included “hateful language” and targeted “the personal identities of the recipients.”
The “vile” antisemitic emails specifically named Penn Hillel, a Jewish organization at the university, and Lauder College House, an on-campus housing unit.
Magill said Penn’s Division of Public Safety was immediately alerted to the threats. The Penn police subsequently notified the FBI of the “potential hate crime,” and a joint investigation is underway.
Magill said the school’s Division of Public Safety performed “safety sweeps of Penn Hillel and Lauder College House.” They did not find any “credible threat at this time.”
However, the Penn Police increased security on campus and at those places.
“The perniciousness of antisemitic acts on our campus is causing deep hurt and fear for our Jewish students, faculty, and staff and shaking their sense of safety and belonging at Penn,” wrote Magill. “This is intolerable. I condemn personally these vicious and hateful acts and words.”
A copy of the letter is at the bottom of the post.
Penn Hillel released a statement on its Instagram account.
The Huntsman family told UPenn that it would no longer donate anything to the university due to its lack of response to antisemitism.
The Huntsman family is one of UPenn’s top donors, giving it tens of millions of dollars over three generations.
“Moral relativism has fueled the university’s race to the bottom and sadly now has reached a point where remaining impartial is no longer an option,” wrote John Huntsman.
Philanthropist David Magerman also closed his checkbook to UPenn, saying he felt “deeply ashamed” due to his association with the Ivy League school.
Apollo CEO Marc Rowan stopped donating and urged other donors to stop as well.
Law & Order creator Dick Wolf called on the UPenn president and the board of trustees to resign.
Professor Jacobson has always covered antisemitism at Cornell, even more so since Hamas invaded Israel.
Cornell Hillel also received threats to Jewish students and the Kosher dining hall.
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