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Univ. of Pennsylvania president resigns over antisemitism statement | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News


The president of an elite US university has been forced to resign after she did not categorically reject antisemitism at a US Congressional hearing.

The University of Pennsylvania said on Saturday that President Liz Magill had tendered her resignation.

Magill attended the hearing at a House committee on Tuesday with the presidents of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

They testified about incidents on their respective campuses based on discrimination or prejudice, which have been on the rise since the conflict between Israel and Hamas started in October.

When asked whether remarks by students calling for the genocide of Jews would constitute an act of harassment, Magill said it depends on the context.

Her answer drew criticism from the alumni of the Ivy League university and others for failing to clearly condemn antisemitism. Some members of Congress sent a letter demanding her resignation.

Magill offered an apology on social media the day after the hearing.

Some Jewish people hold prominent positions in US politics and business.

US media reports say officials at educational institutions are struggling to ensure the safety of students and freedom of speech amid controversy about the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.



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