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In response to yesterday’s passing of a U.S. House of Representatives resolution condemning antisemitism and the congressional hearing on campus antisemitism where the presidents of Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Pennsylvania testified, Sacha Roytman, CEO of the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM), issued the following statement:
What we saw yesterday was a glaring difference in leadership on antisemitism. On one hand, the House resolution condemning antisemitism is an important step in the United States facing and fighting the scourge of Jewish hate. On the other hand, the presidents of Harvard, MIT, and UPenn are emblematic of the lack of leadership we have seen from educational institutions. These presidents showed a complete lack of moral clarity and have left every Jewish student profoundly unsure if their schools will protect them from increasingly violent antisemitism.
All three presidents were unequivocal in needing the proper “context” to determine if blatant antisemitism rose to the level of violating their school’s policies against harassment. I encourage presidents Gay, Magill, Kornbluth, and any other college or university presidents to take part in a CAM sponsored trip to visit Southern Israel, meet living victims from October 7, including released hostages, and Israeli educational leaders. I am confident this trip will give these presidents all the “context” they need.
I invite the presidents of universities who testified yesterday before the United States Congress to visit Israel for a firsthand “context” as you said during the hearing. Come and see for yourselves the actions of Hamas on October 7 and understand what a genocide attempt looks…
— Sacha Roytman (@SachaRoytman) December 6, 2023