Harvard President Claudine Gay says her antisemitism comments were ‘confused’ and insists school WILL take action against students calling for the genocide of Jews after ferocious backlash and donor boycott
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Harvard President Claudine Gay is today walking back her shocking comments on antisemitism, 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. 

Harvard President Claudine Gay at the congressional hearing yesterday where she said calling for the genocide of Jews does not violate the school's code of conduct

Harvard President Claudine Gay at the congressional hearing yesterday where she said calling for the genocide of Jews does not violate the school’s code of conduct

‘There are some who have confused a right to free expression with the idea that Harvard will condone calls for violence against Jewish students. 

‘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,’ she said. 

Gay was asked repeatedly and unequivocally yesterday if calling for the genocide of Jews amounted to bullying or harassment. 

She said the words themselves while ‘abhorrent’, didn’t rise to the level of a rule violation. 

It would only be actionable, she said, if the hate speech crossed into ‘conduct’.  



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