Billionaire Bill Ackman demands resignations of Harvard, UPenn and MIT presidents after all three refused to say if calling for the genocide of Jews is harassment

Billionaire Bill Ackman is leading calls for the resignations of the presidents of Harvard, UPenn and MIT after all three refused to say that calling for the genocide of Jews on campus breached their rules and amounted to harassment. 

The three school leaders had been called before the House Committee on Education and the Workplace to answer for the rise in antisemitism on their campuses. 

Their testimony was breathtaking. One after another, all three said calling for the genocide of Jews was anti-Semitic hate speech but didn’t necessarily break their school rules. 

They would act, they said, if such hate speech crossed over into ‘conduct’. 

An incredulous Elise Stefanik, (R-NY), asked: ‘Conduct being committing genocide?’

Now, Ackman – who gave $26million to Harvard in 2014 – is calling for the resignation of all three women. Elon Musk and countless others also think it’s time for their departure, and say the hearing crystalizes their liberal bias. 

Harvard Hillel, the school’s leading Jewish organization, said it was ‘appalled by the need to state the obvious’. 

The Harvard Alumni Association and the school’s Board of Overseers are yet to address Gay’s remarks. 

Claudine Gay, president of Harvard, is seen on Tuesday appearing before the House education committee to discuss antisemitism

UPenn President Liz Magill said the school had demonstrated its 'unyielding commitment to combatting antisemitism' but also refused to categorize calls for the genocide of Jews as harassment or a breach of the school's code of conduct

UPenn President Liz Magill said the school had demonstrated its ‘unyielding commitment to combatting antisemitism’ but also refused to categorize calls for the genocide of Jews as harassment or a breach of the school’s code of conduct

MIT President Dr. Sally Kornbluth was also grilled for her school's response to protests. She too failed to outwardly condemn calls for the genocide of Jews

MIT President Dr. Sally Kornbluth was also grilled for her school’s response to protests. She too failed to outwardly condemn calls for the genocide of Jews 

‘President Gay’s refusal to draw a line around threatening antisemitic speech as a violation of Harvard’s policies is profoundly shocking given explicit provisions within the conduct code prohibiting this kind of bullying and harassment. 

‘We are appalled by the need to state the obvious: A call for genocide against Jews is always a hateful incitement of violence. 

‘President Gay’s failure to properly condemn this speech calls into question her ability to protect Jewish students on Harvard’s campus.

‘President Gay’s testimony fails to reassure us that the University is seriously concerned about the antisemitic rhetoric pervasive on campus. 

‘We call on President Gay to take action against those using threatening speech that violates our community standards,’ the Hillel said in a statement to members last night. 

The three universities have been roiled by a series of pro-Palestine marches on their campuses in the wake of the October 7 attack, with students blaming Israel for Hamas‘ terrorist outrage, and saying the country deserved it.

Some academics have expressed rabidly anti-Israel opinions, and threats have been made against Jewish students on campus.

All three presidents have admitted they were slow to distance themselves from student groups justifying the October 7 massacres.

But they insisted that they wanted to preserve an environment of free speech – and refused, to Stefanik’s fury, to give a ‘yes or no’ answer to questions about condemning certain rhetoric.

‘I am asking, specifically calling for the genocide of Jews, does that constitute bullying or harassment?’ asked Stefanik.

Gay told her that it depended on the context.

Stefanik responded that it was ‘the easiest question’, then answered for them: ‘The answer is yes.’

Stefanik pressed Gay over whether Harvard would punish students or applicants who advocate for the murder of Jews.

Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing New York, grilled the three university presidents on Tuesday

Elise Stefanik, a Republican representing New York, grilled the three university presidents on Tuesday

Bill Ackman said all three women must resign 'in disgrace' after their testimony

Bill Ackman said all three women must resign ‘in disgrace’ after their testimony

Ackman said he was receiving calls from Harvard donors and alumni asking if the testimony was fake

Ackman said he was receiving calls from Harvard donors and alumni asking if the testimony was fake

Outrage: There are growing calls for all three women to resign

Outrage: There are growing calls for all three women to resign 

Gay replied: ‘That type of hateful, reckless, offensive speech is personally abhorrent to me.’

She said the university had ‘robust policies’ that hold individuals accountable when speech crosses into conduct, such as bullying, harassment or intimidation.

‘We embrace a commitment to free expression and give a wide berth to free expression even to views that are objectionable, outrageous and offensive,’ Gay said.

At one point, Gay said: ‘I’ve sought to confront hate while preserving free expression. This is difficult work, and I know that I have not always gotten it right.’

But Stefanik said their answers were ‘unacceptable’, and demanded all three resign.

Ackman said he was horrified by the testimony.

‘This could be the most extraordinary testimony ever elicited in the Congress, certainly on the topic of genocide,’ he wrote on X.

‘The presidents’ answers reflect the profound educational, moral and ethical failures that pervade certain of our elite educational institutions due in large part to their failed leadership.’

He said that the trio’s answers would be unacceptable in the business world.

‘If a CEO of one of our companies gave a similar answer, he or she would be toast within the hour,’ he said.

‘Why has antisemitism exploded on campus and around the world?

‘Because of leaders like Presidents Gay, Magill and Kornbluth who believe genocide depends on the context.

Bill Ackman, who is worth $3.5billion and completed his BA and MBA at Harvard University, blamed Gay for the 'blatant' newfound antisemitism, saying the hatred is caused by 'your actions, and inactions'

Bill Ackman, who is worth $3.5billion and completed his BA and MBA at Harvard University, blamed Gay for the ‘blatant’ newfound antisemitism, saying the hatred is caused by ‘your actions, and inactions’

Palestinian supporters gathered at Harvard University to show their support for Gaza, and their hatred for Israel, at a rally in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14

Palestinian supporters gathered at Harvard University to show their support for Gaza, and their hatred for Israel, at a rally in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on October 14

Harvard's Palestine Solidarity Committee triggered fury by writing - on October 7 - that Israel was 'entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.' President Claudine Gay has been heavily criticized for failing to appropriately condemn the students who backed the statement

Harvard’s Palestine Solidarity Committee triggered fury by writing – on October 7 – that Israel was ‘entirely responsible for all unfolding violence.’ President Claudine Gay has been heavily criticized for failing to appropriately condemn the students who backed the statement 

‘To think that these are the leaders of Ivy League institutions that are charged with the responsibility to educate our best and brightest.’

His criticism of Gay comes just days after the billionaire posted an open letter on X accusing Harvard of discriminating against ‘straight white men’ and railing against the university’s equity and inclusion efforts. 

The Jewish student organization, Harvard Hillel, said that Gay’s ‘refusal’ to ‘draw a line’ on threatening antisemitic speech is ‘profoundly shocking.’

Harvard Hillel said that they questioned the president’s ‘ability to protect Jewish students on Harvard’s campus.’

‘We are appalled by the need to state the obvious: A call for genocide against Jews is always a hateful incitement of violence. President Gay’s failure to properly condemn this speech calls into question her ability to protect Jewish students on Harvard’s campus,’ the Harvard Hillel said.

‘Chants to ‘globalize the intifada,’ an endorsement of violent terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli civilians, and ‘from the river to the sea,’ an eliminationist slogan intended to deprive Jews of their right to self-determination in Israel, have become tragically routine at Harvard.’

Newly surfaced video shows a confrontation at a recent demonstration on Harvard University's campus, where pro-Palestinian protesters surrounded a student chanting 'shame'

Video of the confrontation was posted to X on Wednesday, but the incident occurred on October 18, when Harvard students staged a 'die-in'

Newly surfaced video shows a confrontation at a recent demonstration on Harvard University’s campus, where pro-Palestinian protesters surrounded a student chanting ‘shame’

Protesters encircle a man (with arms up), moving through the yard during the October 18 protest at Harvard University, holding up keffiyehs (scarfs) before he slips into a nearby building

 Protesters encircle a man (with arms up), moving through the yard during the October 18 protest at Harvard University, holding up keffiyehs (scarfs) before he slips into a nearby building

Magill, the UPenn president, was questioned over her school’s participation in a ‘Palestine Writes Festival’ in September.

A complaint filed with the Education Department against Penn cites the festival as a catalyst for antisemitic incidents on campus. Speakers included several with a history of making antisemitic remarks, such as Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

She said antisemitic speech at the event was ‘abhorrent’ to her and that the institution put safety precautions into place.

‘Why in the world would you host someone like that on your campus?’ asked Jim Banks, a Republican congressman for Indiana.

‘Antisemitism has no place at Penn,’ Magill began to answer.

Banks interrupted, and asked: ‘Why did you invite Roger Waters?’

She concluded: ‘I think canceling that conference would have been very inconsistent with academic freedom and free expression despite the fact that the views of some of the people who came to that conference I find very, very objectionable because of their antisemitism.’

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