Prominent Republican Calls For Universities Facilitating 'Antisemitism' To Lose Taxpayer Funding

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 12 November 2023 16:30
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In a recent development, a leading Republican has proposed a ban on federal funding for Harvard University and other prestigious institutions, citing unchecked antisemitism on their campuses.

This proposal comes in the wake of increased antisemitic incidents at these universities, particularly following the recent violent conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Elise Stefanik, the House GOP conference chair and a Harvard alumna, has voiced her concern over the issue. She is advocating for stricter control over taxpayer funding for her alma mater and other higher education institutions, vowing that House Republicans will hold them accountable.

Stefanik expressed her views to Fox News Digital, stating, "It is abhorrent that Harvard and universities across America are enabling horrific antisemitism to run rampant on their campuses." She further added, "U.S. taxpayer dollars should be prohibited from funding any institution that promotes antisemitism or anti-Israel bigotry, and House Republicans will hold these extremist institutions accountable for failing their students."

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Fox News Digital recently reported that Harvard, which has been under scrutiny due to the rise in antisemitic incidents on its campus, has received billions of dollars in federal funds in recent years. An analysis by OpenTheBooks, provided to Fox News Digital, revealed that between 2018 and 2022, Harvard received a total of $3.13 billion in federal payments, including federal grants and contracts. Additionally, the university benefited from substantial tax breaks on its endowment, which totaled $50.9 billion during the same period, and received $2.17 billion in special federal tax treatment.

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Adam Andrzejewski, the founder of OpenTheBooks, questioned the public interest of these wealthy universities, suggesting that Congress should hold hearings. "Who knew that you were subsidizing the wealthy Ivy League? They don't need taxpayer help," Andrzejewski remarked.

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Stefanik has been vocal in her criticism of Harvard since over two dozen student groups at the university condemned Israel and expressed support for Palestinians in Gaza following Hamas' attack on Israeli civilians. The student organizations, which included the Harvard Islamic Society, the Harvard Jews for Liberation, the Society of Arab Students, and the Harvard Divinity School Muslim Association, released a statement holding the Israeli regime entirely responsible for the violence.

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The statement read, "For the last two decades, millions of Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to live in an open-air prison." It also criticized Israel's "apartheid regime," which they claim has forced Palestinians into "colonial retaliation."

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Reacting to the statement, Stefanik called it "heinous" that Harvard student groups blamed Israel for "Hamas' barbaric terrorist attacks." She added, "Any voice that excuses the slaughter of innocent women and children has chosen the side of evil and terrorism."

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The Boston Herald reported that Jewish students at Harvard have also faced "anti-Israel and antisemitic bias" from Harvard professor Marshall Ganz. This, along with other incidents, has led some influential donors to sever ties with the university. Former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, for instance, withdrew his offer to participate in Harvard’s fellowship programs due to the increasing incidents.

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In response to the university's perceived inaction, students are reportedly planning to sue Harvard and other universities for failing to address the surge in antisemitic incidents on campus.

Lawyer Mark Ressler told Business Insider, "We're going to show that the universities had notice of acts of hatred and bigotry towards Jewish students, that there was pervasive anti-Jewish bigotry on campus and that administrators and university bureaucrats acted with deliberate indifference, which is the legal term, with respect to campus antisemitism."

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