House Panel To Question University Presidents Over Campus Antisemitism

The House Education and Workforce Committee will hear testimony from the presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers universities on May 23 regarding “Stopping Antisemitic College Chaos.” The committee’s chairwoman Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) cited “gravely concerning actions” that have enabled anti-Israel demonstrators on their campuses.

“Over the last several days the presidents of Northwestern and Rutgers have made shocking concessions to the unlawful antisemitic encampments on their campuses” Foxx said in a statement. “They have surrendered to antisemitic radicals in despicable displays of cowardice.”

Northwestern President Michael Schill and Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway will testify alongside University of California Los Angeles Chancellor Gene Block. Yale University President Peter Salovey and University of Michigan President Santa Ono who were previously invited will be required to appear for transcribed interviews at a later date or risk deposition and subpoena.

A Northwestern spokesman told The Post that the university’s “foremost responsibility is ensuring the safety of our students” and expressed confidence in the actions taken to address antisemitism on campus. Rutgers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The hearing comes amid a wave of anti-Israel protests on college campuses nationwide with demonstrators calling for their schools to divest from Israel. A recent Morning Consult poll showed strong public support for law enforcement cracking down on the encampments.