published : 2023-12-10

UPenn Jewish students fear for safety under ousted president

University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned Saturday

A group of Jewish students at the University of Pennsylvania gather together in support, showcasing their resilience and unity. [taken with Nikon D850]

A growing body of Jewish students at the University of Pennsylvania have voiced their concerns about campus life in the wake of now-former university president Liz Magill’s controversial testimony earlier in the week.

UPenn student Kevin Bina told his fellow fraternity members don’t even feel comfortable walking outside their house wearing their kippahs just because they don’t know if they’re going to be harassed.

Leah Weinberger stated that many Jewish students are reconsidering their application to UPenn after Magill’s testimony.

Leah Weinberger, a UPenn student, expresses her concerns about campus life and the impact of President Liz Magill's testimony. [taken with Canon EOS R5]

Another student, Eyal Lubin, expressed disappointment in Magill for not showing humanity and revealing what's truly happening at Penn.

These remarks come following Magill's controversial congressional testimony about antisemitism on campus, alongside the presidents of Harvard and MIT.

During a five-hour hearing, Magill was grilled by Rep. Elise Stefanik about whether calling for the genocide of Jews would violate the university's code of conduct.

Eyal Lubin, a student at UPenn, shares his disappointment in the lack of empathy displayed by President Magill regarding the experiences of Jewish students on campus. [taken with Sony A7 III]

Magill stated that whether hate speech crossed the line into violating Penn's policies depended on context.

After facing international backlash, Magill offered apologies and retracted some of her earlier comments, but calls for her resignation grew stronger.

Following an emergency meeting, Magill voluntarily tendered her resignation as President of the University of Pennsylvania.