Jewish students at the University of Pennsylvania are reportedly living in fear due to threats from pro-Palestinian zealots.
Speaking with the New Post Post, student Claudia Tawil, 19, said that the atmosphere on campus has been “really scary” and that she and other Jewish students have been harassed nonstop and subjected to genocidal, pro-Hamas rants and chants such as this one: “There is only one solution: intifada resolution.”
According to Tawil, that chant echoes the rhetoric of deceased dictator Adolf Hitler.
“It basically means they want to obliterate us. There was also a rally where I was in class and I heard outside ‘Free Palestine, Hamas Hamas Hamas.’ I was in class and I couldn’t focus,” she told the Post.
“A terror organization that rapes women, beheads babies, and burns them in ovens is not something anyone should support. Israelis don’t support oppression and we are not pro-death on either side,” she added.
A student from UPenn is seen speaking fondly about the “joyful” images of butchered Israelis from the “glorious October 7th.”
She felt “happy” upon hearing the news of dead Jews in Israel.
In what appears to be a call for violence, she tells the crowd to “hold that feeling in… pic.twitter.com/pdygANFmtY
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) November 6, 2023
The hate hasn’t been limited to chants. The pro-Palestinian zealots have also scrawled anti-Jewish messages on doors and walls, including one saying “The Jews R Nazis” and another saying “Israel is an apartheid state.”
But it gets worse.
“Penn students also report that many Penn professors have also made anti-Semitic, pro-Hamas statements in the classroom and on social media,” the Brandeis Center announced in a letter sent last week to federal civil rights officials.
“Penn students report feelings of intense distress and fears for their safety while the rallies continue and while their professors continue to show their support for Hamas,” the letter continues.
All this comes days after, earlier this week, pro-Palestinian zealots beamed “heinous antisemitic slogans” onto buildings on campus, according to the Post.
“From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” one message read.
“Zionism is racism,” another stated.
“Penn funds Palestinian genocide,” yet another added.
— Steve McGuire (@sfmcguire79) November 9, 2023
UPenn president Liz Magill reportedly slammed the vandalism in a statement issued Thursday.
“Last night, vile, antisemitic messages were projected onto several campus buildings, including on Penn Commons, Huntsman Hall, and Irvine Auditorium. Penn Police were notified and quickly responded, and a full investigation is currently underway. We will pursue this matter to the fullest extent and take swift action in accordance with our policies,” she said.
“For generations, too many have masked antisemitism in hostile rhetoric. These reprehensible messages are an assault on our values and cause pain and fear for our Jewish community. Penn has a long and rich history of robust debate about complicated issues of the day. Projecting hateful messages on our campus is not debate, it is cowardice, and it has no place at Penn,” she added.
— Steve McGuire (@sfmcguire79) November 9, 2023
The anti-Semitism at UPenn has reportedly become so problematic that the Brandeis Center has filed a civil rights complaint against the school.
“Penn has allowed its campus to become a hostile environment for its Jewish students as well as a magnet for anti-Semites,” the complaint reads.
In a statement to the Post, Brandeis Center founder and chair Kenneth L. Marcus said schools like UPenn have “failed to keep Jewish students safe and are in clear violation of well-established federal civil rights law.”
“There’s been a lot of talk about rooting out antisemitism on campuses, and it’s time to hold these colleges accountable,” he added.
The complaint against UPenn seeks “immediate and specific action to address increasing discrimination against and harassment of Jews in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” according to a separate statement from Brandeis.
Meanwhile, on Monday of this week, a couple of UPenn staffers reportedly received threatening emails riddled with antisemitic rhetoric.
“Today, I learned that a small number of Penn staff members received vile, disturbing antisemitic emails threatening violence against members of our Jewish community, specifically naming Penn Hillel and Lauder College House,” Magill said in a statement.
“These messages also included hateful language, targeting the personal identities of the recipients. Penn’s Division of Public Safety was immediately notified and responded. Penn Police also notified the FBI of this potential hate crime and a joint investigation is underway,” she added.
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