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House education chair: ‘Strong investigation’ into antisemitism will go beyond Harvard, UPenn

House Education Committee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, RN.C., made clear Friday that the investigation into rising anti-Semitism on college campuses is far from over.

Fox also explained that the investigation is not limited to Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which have recently received attention.

“We are not just at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania (and) the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but also at Columbia University and Cornell University, where there have been anti-Semitic demonstrations and the administration has not responded to protect the safety of students. “We are conducting strong investigations into many schools that are not,” she said. she said in an interview with News Nation's The Hill.

When asked if he intended to have Harvard University President Claudine Gay testify before lawmakers again, Foxx told host Blake Berman that the decision was based on what was revealed in an investigation released earlier this month. said that it would be handed down.

“Well, personally I don't want her to come back, but I'd like to see how things go. Should I ask her more questions?” she replied.

“I'm sure there are a lot of people, many Harvard graduates, who would love for us to bring her back and ask more questions,” Fox added. “But let's see how our investigation goes.”

The North Carolina Republican added that the committee plans to ask the school a wide range of questions and expects a written response. He did not say when this is expected or how long the campus would have to respond.

Her comments came just over a week after the presidents of Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology testified before the House in a heated hearing that prompted calls for their resignations or firings.

The House approved a resolution Wednesday condemning their testimony, in which administrators rejected saying calls for the genocide of Jews violate school policy.

In response to the backlash, UPenn President Liz McGill and the school's board chair resigned. However, Gay, with the support of the board of trustees, chose to remain president of Harvard University.

The rise in anti-Semitism in the United States and abroad is tied to the ongoing war in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

Foxx vowed Friday that the committee wants to see the investigation through to completion.

“We want to do this right. We believe in doing things right. Our committee does things in a very methodical way,” she concluded. I did. “We want to get the right information and give it to the American people.”

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