Harvard graduate student calls for university president's removal over 'disgraceful' answers to Congress


Ivy League presidents testified before Congress Tuesday over antisemitism on their campuses, prompting outrage from some Jewish students who fear for their own safety on campus.

Harvard graduate student Shabbos Kestenbaum called out President Claudine Gay during "FOX & Friends First" on Wednesday after Gay declined to answer "yes" when asked whether calling for the genocide of Jews violates the university's code of conduct.

"This was a softball question of ‘do you condemn the rising rhetoric and violence against Jewish students?’ And none of them would condemn it," Kestenbaum told Todd Piro Wednesday. "If Claudine Gay had a heart, she would resign, and if the Harvard Board of Trustees had a brain, they would fire her."

"She's an absolute disgrace to this university," he continued. "She has let down Jewish students repeatedly, and Harvard is simply not a safe place for Jewish students anymore. There is a moral rot at the center of all of these Ivy League universities."

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N. Y., questioned Ivy League presidents on the surge of antisemitism on college campuses during a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday. She pressed them on whether the concerning trend violates the rules of the universities, but some insisted it would depend on the "context."

"Calling for the genocide of Jews does not constitute bullying and harassment?" Stefanik asked.

"I have not heard calling for the genocide for Jews on our campus," MIT President Sally Kornbluth responded.

"Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate Penn's rules?" Stefanik asked University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill.

"It is a context-dependent decision, congresswoman," she responded.

"So the answer is yes, that calling for the genocide of Jews violates Harvard Code of Conduct?"

"It depends on the context," Gay said.

"It does not depend on the context," Stefanik shot back. "The answer is yes, and this is why you should resign. These are unacceptable answers across the board."

Kestenbaum, a BLM supporter who voted for Bernie Sanders twice, said he felt "completely abandoned" by the far-left, and vowed to never again vote for a progressive over the reluctance to eradicate the surging anti-Jewish hate.

"I will never vote for or for them again," Kestenbaum said. "They have totally betrayed the Jewish people. They have shown that sloganeering, that caving into a mob is significantly more important than Jewish lives. As my last name, Kestenbaum signifies."... (Read more)

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