University of Pennsylvania president resigns over controversial anti-Semitic testimony


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The president of the Board of Directors of the elite educational center, who announced that Liz Magill “voluntarily resigned”, said that she was wrong during her “disastrous testimony”

University of Pennsylvania Chancellor Liz Magill listens during a Committee hearing
Liz Magill, chancellor of the University of Pennsylvania.MARK SCHIEFELBEIN | AP
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The rector of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, Liz Magill, presented her resignation from her position this Saturday after the indignation that has been aroused in recent days by her testimony before Congress about anti-Semitism on campus, which aroused criticism from the White House itself. .

“President Liz Magill has voluntarily submitted her resignation as president of the University of Pennsylvania,” Scott L. Bok, president of the Board of Directors of the lite educational center, said in a statement, stating that Magill was wrong during his “disastrous testimony.”

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Last week, he noted, “former President Liz Magill committed a very unfortunate misstep“consistent with that of two university leaders who were sitting next to her, after five hours of aggressive questioning before a congressional committee,” he said.

After this, “it became clear that his position was no longer sustainable, and “She and I decided at the same time that it was time for her to go.”added Bok, who also presented his resignation today.

On the 5th, the rectors of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) participated in Congress in a hearing entitled Hold university leaders accountable and confront anti-Semitism.

The three educational centers belong to the Ivy League, which form the eight most prestigious private research universities in the northeastern United States.

To a question from Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., about whether “calling for genocide of Jews violates Penn’s rules or code of conduct,” Magill refused to say clearly that anti-Semitic chants and calls for the genocide of the Jewish people violate the code of conduct from school.

“If speech turns into conduct, it can be harassment. Yes,” Magill responded, adding that “it’s a decision that depends on the context.”

In addition to numerous criticisms, even from the White House itself, Magill’s attitude caused the main donor, businessman Ross Stevens, rescinded a $100 million donation (about €92.8 million) to the school in protest of the university and its leadership’s handling of anti-Semitism on campus.

The president of Harvard, Claudia Gayresponded to Stefanik’s question in similar terms and said that When “speech turns into conduct, that violates our policies.”

MIT President Sally Kornbluth said she had not heard of students on her campus calling for the genocide of Jews, adding that such rhetoric will be “investigated as harassment if it is widespread and serious.”

Through a video published on social networks, Magill justified and condemned calls for the genocide of the Jewish people.

“I did not focus, but I should have, on the irrefutable fact that a call for the genocide of the Jewish people is a call for some of the most terrible violence that human beings can perpetrate,” he stated in a response that has not been sufficient. .

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