Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik highlighted the abhorrent rise in antisemitism on college campuses across America, including her alma mater, Harvard University, following the barbaric Hamas terrorists in Israel during today's Education and Workforce Committee hearing.
Kenneth Marcus, Founder and Chairman of the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law: At a minimum they should condemn anti-Jewish harassment with the same vigor as they do other forms of discrimination and we're not seeing that at Harvard or in other places. But beyond that, when you see 30 student groups who are celebrating atrocities like that, you need to have tough conversations throughout your university about what you are doing to harbor this. At Harvard University, we, on behalf of three clients, had found discriminatory conduct which the university agreed was a violation of their own policies. And we're not seeing significant responses to that. When administrators fail to address acknowledged antisemitic activity, they should not be surprised when it gets even worse.
Stefanik: My follow up, Mr. Marcus, is how have you seen the curriculum at American institutions of higher education shaped to foster these environments where hatred has been cultivated among the student body, and specifically curriculum that calls for the eradication of the State of Israel and the genocide of the Jewish people?
Marcus: Let me give you just one example and that's Middle East Studies programs that are funded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act by the Congress of the United States. There is now legislation on the books that requires Middle East Studies programs to certify that there will be a balance of perspectives and a diversity of views. And yet what if anything is done to ensure that's happening? I would certainly like to see scoring of the applications. I would like to see some follow up. I would like to see action when institutions fail to honor the commitments that they are making, in writing, to the U.S. government.
Stefanik: I want to submit for the record, Mr. Chair, the letter dated October 13 of Republican members of the House and Senate who are also graduates of Harvard University, I was proud to lead this letter condemning the failure of the administration to speak out explicitly and clearly. I've called for the resignation of President Claudine Gay and we will continue standing up with moral clarity that is so very much needed on college campuses in this country and around the world, and I yield back.