The husband of the US vice president, Kamala Harris, attacked the three presidents of Harvard, MIT and Penn University for their remarks on anti-Semitism. "Their lack of moral transparency is unacceptable," Doug Emhoff said at a ceremony marking the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
The presidents of the three prestigious colleges have been in the spotlight for days over their responses to anti-Semitic attacks on a House committee on campuses.
In particular, the head of the University of Pennsylvania, Liz Magill, said that "calling for the genocide of the Jews" is not in itself "violence", while the president of Harvard, Claudine Gay, said: "When words turn into action, then we take action". And Sally Kornbluth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that "that kind of language is investigated as harassment only if it is pervasive and severe."
The U.S. House has launched a formal investigation and calls for the resignation of female presidents have come from many quarters.
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