Calls for President’s Resignation Grow at Harvard
Billboard trucks made their way to the Harvard University campus on Sunday, displaying the demand for the firing of Harvard President Claudine Gay. The privately funded trucks were accompanied by photos of Gay appearing before Congress last Tuesday, following her controversial remarks regarding whether calls for the genocide of Jews violate the school’s code of conduct.
The trucks were hard to miss as one circled the campus while the other was positioned at the main gate, playing Gay’s exchange with Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik on a continuous loop. But this was not the only form of protest planned. A source who also organized a similar campaign at the University of Pennsylvania confirmed that a plane with a banner reading “HARVARD – STOP JEW HATRED” will also be flying over the campus this week.
Many viewed this as a swift response to Magill, who announced her resignation as the President of the University of Pennsylvania just one day after similar protests took place on their campus. “1 down, 2 to go,” the anonymous source told Fox News Digital.
‘Harvard is swarmed by billboard trucks demanding president Claudine Gay be fired as she faces mounting pressure after disastrous anti-Semitism testimony on Capitol Hill’ https://t.co/Gn6aYA0eSO
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The spotlight was cast on Gay and her colleagues, Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Sally Kornbluth and the now former University of Pennsylvania President Elizabeth Magill, after they appeared before Congress and were questioned about their handling of antisemitism on their respective campuses. This came after Hamas launched multiple attacks on Israel in October, leading to a backlash from Jewish groups, the public, and lawmakers.
In a heated exchange with Stefanik, Gay was unable to give a definitive answer when asked if “calling for the genocide of Jews” violated school rules. Similarly to Magill, she issued an apology following the outcry, stating, “Words matter.”
Despite this, pressure from the public has been mounting for Gay to step down, with more than 70 members of Congress signing a letter calling for her resignation. This pressure has only increased following Magill’s resignation.
Billboard trucks are being posted outside of Harvard’s campus demanding that Harvard’s President Claudine Gay be fired after refusing to acknowledge if calling for the g*nocide of Jews violates the Harvard University code of conduct.
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— RedWave Press (@RedWave_Press) December 10, 2023
In a meeting convened by Harvard’s Corporation and Board of Overseers on Sunday, Gay’s leadership, her responses to Congress, and the possibility of releasing a public statement were all discussed, according to the Harvard Crimson. However, Harvard University did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The billboard trucks and airplane banner serve as a stark reminder of the strong opposition to Gay’s leadership and the handling of antisemitism at Harvard University. As the conversation continues to evolve and pressure mounts, the future of Claudine Gay as the President of Harvard University remains uncertain. Whether or not she will resign or continue to lead the prestigious institution, remains to be seen.