© Reuters. College of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill testifies earlier than a Home Schooling and The Workforce Committee listening to titled “Holding Campus Leaders Accountable and Confronting Antisemitism” on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., December 5, 2023. REUTERS/
By Kanishka Singh
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -College of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill, who got here beneath fireplace for her stance on antisemitism on campus, has resigned, the Ivy League faculty mentioned on Saturday.
Magill was certainly one of three high college presidents who have been criticized after they testified at a congressional listening to on Tuesday a couple of rise in antisemitism on school campuses following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas conflict in October.
She has agreed to remain on till an interim president is appointed, Scott Bok, chair of the Philadelphia-based college’s board of trustees, mentioned on Saturday in a press release posted on the college’s web site. Bok additionally stepped down.
“I write to share that President Liz Magill has voluntarily tendered her resignation as President of the College of Pennsylvania,” Bok mentioned within the announcement launched by the college. Magill will stay a tenured college member on the college’s legislation faculty, Bok mentioned.
Magill, Harvard College President Claudine Homosexual, and Massachusetts Institute of Expertise President Sally Kornbluth testified earlier than a U.S. Home of Representatives committee on Tuesday.
As they tried to stroll a line that protected freedom of speech, they declined to provide a definitive “sure” or “no” reply to Republican Consultant Elise Stefanik’s query of whether or not calling for the genocide of Jews would violate their faculties’ codes of conduct concerning bullying and harassment.
Requires Magill’s and Homosexual’s resignations particularly mounted within the days after that testimony. Magill launched a video on Wednesday through which she expressed remorse, Homosexual apologized on Friday.
Jewish college students, households and alumni have accused the colleges of tolerating antisemitism, particularly in statements by pro-Palestinian demonstrators because the Islamist group Hamas attacked Israel on Oct. 7 and killed round 1,200. That assault prompted an enormous counterattack by Israel that has left over 17,700 Palestinians useless, in response to the Gaza well being ministry.
“One down. Two to go. That is solely the very starting of addressing the pervasive rot of antisemitism that has destroyed probably the most ‘prestigious’ larger schooling establishments in America,” Stefanik mentioned on social media website X after Penn’s announcement.
She mentioned Magill’s resignation was the “naked minimal of what’s required” and urged Harvard and MIT to take related motion.
Antisemitism and Islamophobia have risen sharply in america and elsewhere since October.
Antisemitic incidents in america rose by about 400% within the two weeks after the Hamas assault on Israel, in response to the Anti-Defamation League.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations mentioned this week that within the two months after the conflict started, incidents motivated by Islamophobia and bias in opposition to Palestinians and Arabs rose by 172% in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.
Eyal Yakoby, a College of Pennsylvania pupil who has sued the college alleging inadequate response to antisemitism, mentioned on CNN that Magill’s resignation was one step towards a broader change on the college.
“This has been one thing that myself and lots of alumni and fellow college students, mother and father been engaged on for some time … (however) that is simply the primary domino in a tradition for a lot of leaders together with Chairman Bok who’ve allowed this to occur,” Yakoby mentioned.