December 7th, 2023

By Andrew Solender


A Republican-led House committee is launching an investigation into antisemitism at MIT, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and other elite colleges.

Why it matters: The probe is in response to congressional testimony from those colleges’ presidents this week in which they they evaded questions about disciplinary action over calls for violence against Jews.

Driving the news: “After this week’s pathetic and morally bankrupt testimony by university presidents when answering my questions, the Education and Workforce Committee is launching an official Congressional investigation,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said in a statement.

The backdrop: During an Education and Workforce Committee hearing on Tuesday, Stefanik questioned the three presidents on whether “calling for the genocide of Jews,” such as chants endorsing “intifada,” warranted punishment under their schools’ codes of conduct.

What they’re saying: In a statement on Thursday, MIT said it “rejects antisemitism in all its forms” and pointed to its “Standing Against Hate” initiative: “As we continue to undertake this critical effort, MIT will work with the Committee to address its questions.”

The big picture: This isn’t the only federal investigation underway related to antisemitism and Islamophobia on college campuses.