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Heinous antisemitic slogans beamed on UPenn buildings — as civil rights complaint filed

In the latest disturbing incident at an Ivy League institution, a University of Pennsylvania building was bombarded with vicious anti-Semitic slogans. The school is currently facing a civil rights lawsuit that claims the university is a “magnet for anti-Semites.”

On Thursday, multiple social media accounts shared photos of a “light show” in which anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian messages were projected onto the walls of campus buildings.

“From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” was illuminated in Jon M. Huntsman Hall.

“Zionism is racism,” declared another.

A third said: “Penn is funding the Palestinian genocide.”

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The University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia in 2020. (Jumping Rocks/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The hateful slogans are just the latest brazen act of anti-Semitism at the prestigious university.

UPenn President Liz McGill recently acknowledged an increase in anti-Semitic acts on campus, including “swastikas and hateful graffiti,” and “glorifies the atrocities committed by Hamas terrorists. “Chants at the rally praising and praising the massacres and genocide have been captured on video and widely disseminated.” The kidnapping of innocent people, and it calls into question Israel’s very right to exist. ”

Anti-Semitic culture is so pervasive that the Brandeis Center has announced that it will sue UPenn, as well as Wellesley College, with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

“Penn State allows its campus to be not only a hostile environment for Jewish students, but also a magnet for anti-Semites,” the complaint alleges.

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UPenn Campus in Philadelphia

A four-person dormitory building on the University of Pennsylvania campus in 2011. (Jon Graeme/LightRocket via Getty Images)

According to Kenneth L. Marcus, founder and president of the Brandeis Center and former U.S. assistant secretary of education, universities have “failed to protect the safety of Jewish students and have violated established federal civil rights laws.” “This is a clear violation of the law.”

“There is a lot of talk about eradicating anti-Semitism on campus, and it’s time to hold these universities accountable,” he added.

A statement from the human rights nonprofit said the complaint “calls for immediate and concrete action to address the growing discrimination and harassment against Jews in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” ing.

Earlier this month, 20 members of Congress sent her a letter. It condemned the university’s alleged lack of prompt and clear condemnation of the Hamas attack.

On Monday, several UPenn employees received targeted anti-Semitic emails threatening violence against members of the university’s Jewish community, including Penn Hillel and Lauder College House.

The emails “threatened violence” against the school’s Jewish members, particularly those who work at the campus Jewish organizations Penn Hillel and Lauder College House, the University of Pennsylvania’s president said. This was announced in a statement on Monday.

Benjamin Franklin statue on the UPenn campus in Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin sculpture at the University of Pennsylvania (photographed in 2011). (Jon Graeme/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“These messages also included hateful language that targeted recipients’ personal information,” McGill said.

“Threats of violence will not be tolerated at Penn and will be dealt with with swift and strong action,” she added.

“The viciousness of anti-Semitic acts on our campus has caused deep hurt and fear among Jewish students, faculty, and staff, and has challenged their sense of safety and belonging at the University of Pennsylvania. This is unacceptable. I personally condemn these vicious, hateful anti-Semites’ deeds and words of the Semitic peoples. ”

University public safety officials found no credible threat and increased security around campus.

The university has reported the potential hate crime to the FBI, which is investigating the threat.

McGill said authorities are working “with urgency” with the FBI to “identify those responsible for these hateful threatening emails, ensure they are apprehended, and punished to the fullest extent of the law.” Ta.

Meanwhile, a student who appeared to be from UPenn was photographed. He said he felt “very empowered and happy” after the Oct. 7 terrorist attack. More than 1,400 people have been killed in attacks by Hamas against Israel.

The video, shared online by Bronx Rep. Richie Torres, shows the back of a woman speaking at a pro-Palestinian rally, saying she feels “very empowered, happy, and victory is near and tangible.” I remember feeling confident.”

“I want you to carry that feeling in your heart, too. Never let it go. Transmit it through everything you do.”

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In the aftermath of the huge Hamas attack, UPenn’s leadership was criticized for taking too long to deny the massacre.

The Ivy League campus has also been heavily criticized for hosting a Palestinian Right literature festival even before the Oct. 7 terrorist attack, and several of its students have previously been accused of making anti-Semitic statements. It included many speakers and invited guests.

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