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U. Penn President: On Second Thought, Campus Calls for Genocide Against Jews Would Be “Harassment or Intimidation”

U. Penn President: On Second Thought, Campus Calls for Genocide Against Jews Would Be “Harassment or Intimidation”

Backtracks on refusal to answer yesterday: “I want to be clear, a call for genocide of Jewish people is threatening …. In my view it would be harassment or intimidation.” Still not saying it violates policy or that she will take action.

The President of the University of Pennsylvania, along with the presidents of Harvard and MIT, couldn’t bring themselves to say that calling for the genocide of Jews on campus violated campus anti-harassment and anti-intimidation rules.

The context was the mobs of anti-Israel students chanting “Long Live the Intifada” and “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” and similar chants. I covered it in Congressional Campus Antisemitism Hearing: “The three presidents were, frankly, fairly pathetic”

Elise Stefanik posed the questions:

The blowback has been harsh. Whoever said that any publicity is good publicity obviously didn’t watch this hearing.

Now the President of U. Penn has doubts about what she said. She got lost in the moment. Now she says that calls on campus for genocide against Jews would constitute threats and harassment.

Too late. There’s video. And still with the words games.

Stefanik was quick to respond:

This pathetic PR clean up attempt by @Penn shockingly took over 24 hours to try to fix the moral depravity of the answers under oath yesterday. And there was not even an apology. By the way, the questions were asked over and over and over again. No statement will fix what the world saw and heard yesterday. There is zero question that the world knows that the only answer is for @Penn to deliver accountability and bring in new leadership immediately.


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“Context” was the escape she and the others claimed in the hearing. Well, here’s some context: Anti Semitic chants and threats are screamed at a group of Jewish students while walking on campus. Is that context enough?

How about NYU (I think) where a group of Jewish students were trapped in. classroom by a mob screaming anti-Semitic comments? Does that qualify? The list of contextual events is very long and widespread.

Thank goodness for Elsie Stefanik. She is tough, articulate, intelligent, and a remarkable young congresswoman. As for the three presidents who testified before Congress yesterday, their emotional and intellectual dishonesty alone should be grounds for involuntary termination.

It’s okay but there’s no voice explaining the opposite that’s permitted to join. There’s only posturing. What’s their argument?

There’s mutual deploring at best.

Actual arguing favors the Jews.

ugottabekiddinme | December 6, 2023 at 8:47 pm

I am a Penn grad, Class of ’69, and while I received a pretty good liberal arts education back in that distant time, I also said for many years that the only great thing I got from 4 years at Penn was it was where I met my wife.

Now I am so repelled by what Penn has become, I think about returning my diploma. If only it were not such a pathetic and useless gesture, as if anyone there would care.

Subotai Bahadur | December 6, 2023 at 8:48 pm

No matter what “second thoughts” they may come up with, they will never take any action against Leftist students or staff who make anti-Semitic threats. It would go against the Party line.

Subotai Bahadur

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | December 6, 2023 at 8:51 pm

Forget Jews, they have people on faculty at these universities who call for the extermination of white people. Just a quick stroll through any of the humanities departments will turn up handfuls of professors who think that whites are the devil and that the Earth should be rid of them.

Of course, many of these same people are just completely anti-human. They are against all advanced humanity, of any sort. Sure, they don’t mind having some thousands of savages running around in loincloths but, in general, they think that Man is a disease of the Earth that needs to be “cured”.

Now, for these haters of humanity, it’s not that their speech is so egregious or offensive that they should be sanctioned, but the fact that they have IQs hovering in the mid 80s and serve no useful purpose to the university or society that should have them gone. They have no talents and are idiots of the worst sort, so the last thing they are actually qualified to be are professors of anything academic. … But I wouldn’t hold my breath on any of that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair | December 6, 2023 at 8:54 pm

The blowback has been harsh. Whoever said that any publicity is good publicity obviously didn’t watch this hearing.

Democrat mail-in and drop-off ballot count (arriving at 2:30am) will not be affected in the least.

Would be? WOULD BE harassment?

Even in admitting being wrong, the answer is phrased as if the question was a hypothetical, rather than a description of current events.

Completely disgusting!

“Liz… is that your final answer?”

I knew they’d walk back what they said under oath. But they won’t change their enforcement, it would mean expelling too many foreign students who are paying full list price tuition. (But they’ll say it’s because of the racism, not the money, don’t you know?)

    CommoChief in reply to Socratease. | December 6, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    IMO eliminating 90% of student visas would have wonderful moderating effect on campus. First it stops the direct flow of foreign radicals to campus and second it disrupts the current funding scheme for big Ed. Too many benefits to list.

      What about the home grown ones radicalized by the professors?

        CommoChief in reply to Danny. | December 7, 2023 at 8:27 am

        The ‘homegrown’ began to be radicalized in K-12 and reinforced with social media cranks so that’s better addressed in those spots. That said, with less foreign radicals imported to campus there is a gap of Students to be filled. Those will will be less radical on average than the current crop. Which means to some degree they will be less tolerant of woke/lefty indoctrination.

        In turn the State legislature and Governors must push hard on the State School board to institute clear and unambiguous K-12 policies to thwart the current woke/lefty indoctrination in K-12 to include school choice, AZ is leading the pack on choice. Simultaneously they must begin applying serious not pro forma pressure to State Univ Boards to reform their faculty and administration. FL is demonstrating how to do this.

        There isn’t one fix, its a multi dimensional push that will require sustained effort and Citizen involvement and backing beyond the act of voting.

JackinSilverSpring | December 6, 2023 at 9:55 pm

What a gutless wonder. A call for genocide is way beyond harassment and intimidation. The female presidents of Harvard, Penn, and MIT are acting like the pusseys they are. Also, the Benjamins from Qatar and Saudi Arabia must also weigh heavily on them.

It’s basically all been said above, but these people are laughable. Morally challenged. No wonder the elsite universities are such bastions.

Louis K. Bonham | December 6, 2023 at 10:33 pm

Gutless affirmative action hire.

She got burned and is now running away at warp speed. But watch as she won’t do anything to students actually calling for genocide, because those are her people.

Her position at Penn is untenable, and she knows it. Pass the popcorn.

Could someone remind me who Amy Wax is and what criminal act she committed that has caused UPenn to try and “elinimate” her?

Dolce Far Niente | December 6, 2023 at 11:30 pm

A bit unpalatable, but this U Penn president looks an awful lot like the women we saw being thrown into Hama vehicles with bound hands and bloody crotches from the brutal mass raping.

Supporting that kind of “resistance”, are we?

We all saw her smirking and smiling, and her utter condescension at the hearing.

We also saw her maintaining an autocratic anti-free speech campus (which she still does)

Raegan said trust but verify, I would rather say distrust and regulate.

Universities are part of the public square, we need to enforce laws against discrimination that exist and are enforced when the minority isn’t Jew and add regulations that will make it much harder to maintain universities as centers of leftist theology,

Now she is contrite. I am only surprised that she didn’t appear in sackcloth and ashes. She claims that she misunderstood the simple question that was asked to her multiple times by Congresswoman Stefanik. That makes her either a liar or an idiot. In either case she should be fired. Also, she didn’t explain why she was smirking all through the questioning. It would have been great if Congresswoman Stefanik treated her like a recalcitrant child and said wipe that stupid grin off your face. This is a serious question and I want a serious answer.

(This is a repost my response on the Powerline blog.)

Walk away.

Just walk the f**k away from these people, and go live your best life.

(They have shown you who they are. If you ignore that, you’re in denial. If you give them money, you’re pathetic.)

E Howard Hunt | December 7, 2023 at 6:56 am

-Couldn’t bring herself-

The stupidity, hypocrisy, fecklessness and moral bankruptcy of these utterly vile, Dhimmi-crat university administrators is offensive, indefensible and contemptible.

These reprobates have never known any environment in which dishonest, unrestrained and gleeful Jew-hate and vilification of Israel wasn’t warmly welcomed, feted and encouraged. So, naturally, it comes as a total shock to them when their idiotic public comments regarding their students’ Jew-hate and Muslim supremacist agitprop receive a less than enthusiastic reception.

In addition to being morally vapid, these women showed themselves to be unsophisticated and childish with their poorly-disguised smirks and smarmy tone of voice in their answers.

“Genocide”, like “woman” is a very hard to define term. Suppose a group only wanted to kill say 40% of the Jews on campus. I don’t think there is a college president in the country that would call that “genocide”. More likely it was just college hijinks that got out of hand (like a panty raid).


Both her and Gay need to resign yesterday after that hearing. They’re only resorting to apologies after the blowback was immense.

Its hitting the fan.

UPenn donor withdraws $100M donation after president’s congressional testimony on antisemitism.