Legislators Vote to Defund Penn After University Refuses to Denounce Antisemitism

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Since the early October attacks on Israel, a surprising number of American institutions, educational facilities, and organizations have flat-out refused to denounce what seems to be a growing antisemitism movement. Thankfully, GOP legislation is making sure such actions have a price.

And for the University of Pennsylvania, it’s a rather steep one.

As the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s Republican-led House of Representatives has just voted to essentially defund the school, withholding more than $33 million in funding slated for Penn’s well-known veterinary school.

If you didn’t know, this is a direct result of the actions and words of now-former university president Liz Magill.

Penn, like quite a few other prestigious and once-respected educational institutions, has been led astray as of late, taken down the path of woke ideology. Unlike the all-inclusiveness the political left once boasted of, this now includes a firm belief that somehow Hamas was right to attack Israel, as well as the idea that Israel and her people should be destroyed.

Naturally, when these kinds of ideologies began to surface after the October attacks, state and federal leadership sought to squash them, but university leadership only seemed to encourage it.

And so, Penn’s then-president was brought before Congress.

Yet, Magill still refused to denounce antisemitism.

When asked point blank if “calling for the genocide of Jews violate(s) Penn’s rules or code of conduct,” Magill replied that it would be “context-dependent,” suggesting that in some situations, it may be acceptable.

As you can imagine, this did not go over well with plenty of congressional members, nor the members of Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.

Now, since then Magill has resigned. However, the university still seems to not mind the antisemitism on its campus. And so funding to one of its better-known schools has been cut.

Of course, some would say the move is a bit drastic, even draconian.

But I bet the university’s leadership is now rethinking their current stance on antisemitism. What do you think?