Questioned at a Congressional hearing, the President of the University of Pennsylvania will not say that calling for the genocide of Jews violates the University’s anti-bullying or harassment Code of Conduct. She says it is “context-dependent,” and only violates University’s rules “if the speech turns into conduct.”
The presidents of Harvard and MIT gave similar testimony.
By that logic, racists students could burn a cross on campus, and advocate lynching in order to intimidate Black students, and the University would consider that to be protected speech? Yeah, but Jews are different, hate speech against Jews is OK, isn’t it? Maybe these Ivy League universities should look the other way and accept demonstrations advocating rape. Women should understand that advocating that they be raped is not intimidation or harassment, it is free speech.
I have read credible reports of at least one Harvard professor who, teaching in class, advocated genocide of the Jewish people. Harvard!
P.S. I have read a couple of Dan DeWalt’s Commons articles. He focuses exclusively on Israel’s war crimes, but is silent about the unspeakable atrocities against Jewish women on Nov. 7, dismissing what happened on that day as just another instance in a long history of violence and counter-violence (“Ho-hum, just a routine military operation,” DeWalt seems to say). I cannot recall when I have ever felt such strong personal outrage. How can I stand in solidarity with the left, when as a whole (including some of our friends and neighbors in Brattleboro) they show themselves to be weasels and jackals?
In total contrast to the Dan DeWalt’s of the world, here is an uncompromising denouncement of anti-semitism by President Biden’s press secretary: