Harvard President Backtracks, Says School Will Protect Jewish Students

Harvard president Claudine Gay
  • Harvard President Claudine Gay is walking back her shocking comments on antisemitism Tuesday, insisting her words have been “confused” and that the school will take action against anyone threatening Jewish students.
  • Gay and the presidents of UPenn and MIT have been eviscerated for telling Congress yesterday that calls for the genocide of Jews do not violate their codes of conduct. After ferocious backlash and a donor boycott, Gay released a statement today insisting she’d been misunderstood.
  • “There are some who have confused a right to free expression with the idea that Harvard will condone calls for violence against Jewish students,” Gay said Wednesday. “Let me be clear: Calls for violence or genocide against the Jewish community, or any religious or ethnic group are vile, they have no place at Harvard, and those who threaten our Jewish students will be held to account.”