ICAN Welcomes Congressional Investigation into Harvard, UPenn, and MIT

December 7, 2023

The Israeli-American Civic Action Network (ICAN) strongly supports the Committee on Education & the Workforce’s decision, led by Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, to launch a formal investigation into the alarming spike in antisemitic incidents at Harvard, UPenn, and MIT following the unprovoked October 7th attacks on Israel by Palestinian Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

The recent testimonies from Presidents Gay (Harvard), Magill (UPenn), and Kornbluth (MIT) have not only been profoundly disappointing but also indicative of a systemic failure to protect Jewish students from hate and discrimination. This negligence is unacceptable and demands immediate corrective action.

As an organization dedicated to the rights and safety of Israeli-American and Jewish communities, ICAN is appalled by the lack of decisive action from these and other esteemed institutions. The safety and well-being of Israeli-American and Jewish students is non-negotiable, and the apparent disregard for this principle is a dereliction of the universities’ moral and legal responsibilities.

ICAN demands that Harvard, UPenn, MIT, and other universities that may be added to this investigation fully comply with the Committee’s requests and take the first steps toward eradicating systemic antisemitism from their campuses. The time for half-measures and empty rhetoric has long passed. Concrete action is needed now.

We commend the Committee on Education & the Workforce for its commitment to investigating these failures. ICAN stands ready to support any efforts to create educational environments where respect, inclusivity, and safety are the norm, not the exception.

The fight against antisemitism is a fight for the core values of our society. ICAN will continue to remain engaged in this fight, ensuring that no student, family member, educator, or administrator ever has to face hatred or discrimination based on their identity.

Full Text of Committee Announcement

Foxx Announces Formal Investigation into Harvard, UPenn, and MIT

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 7, 2023

WASHINGTON – Today, Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) released the following statement in the wake of Tuesday’s committee hearing with the presidents of Harvard, UPenn, and MIT:

“The testimony we received earlier this week from Presidents Gay, Magill, and Kornbluth about the responses of Harvard, UPenn, and MIT to the rampant antisemitism displayed on their campuses by students and faculty was absolutely unacceptable.

“Committee members have deep concerns with their leadership and their failure to take steps to provide Jewish students the safe learning environment they are due under law.

“Given those institutional and personal failures, the Committee is opening a formal investigation into the learning environments at Harvard, UPenn, and MIT and their policies and disciplinary procedures. This investigation will include substantial document requests, and the Committee will not hesitate to utilize compulsory measures including subpoenas if a full response is not immediately forthcoming.

“The disgusting targeting and harassment of Jewish students is not limited to these institutions, and other universities should expect investigations as well, as their litany of similar failures has not gone unnoticed.”


Committee Membership

Majority Minority
  • Virginia Foxx, North Carolina, Chair
  • Joe Wilson, South Carolina
  • Glenn Thompson, Pennsylvania
  • Tim Walberg, Michigan
  • Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin
  • Elise Stefanik, New York
  • Rick W. Allen, Georgia
  • Jim Banks, Indiana
  • James Comer, Kentucky
  • Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania
  • Burgess Owens, Utah
  • Bob Good, Virginia
  • Lisa McClain, Michigan
  • Mary Miller, Illinois
  • Michelle Steel, California
  • Ron Estes, Kansas
  • Julia Letlow, Louisiana
  • Kevin Kiley, California
  • Aaron Bean, Florida
  • Eric Burlison, Missouri
  • Nathaniel Moran, Texas
  • John James, Michigan
  • Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Oregon
  • Brandon Williams, New York
  • Erin Houchin, Indiana
  • Bobby Scott, Virginia, Ranking Member
  • Raúl Grijalva, Arizona
  • Joe Courtney, Connecticut
  • Gregorio Sablan, Northern Mariana Islands
  • Frederica Wilson, Florida
  • Suzanne Bonamici, Oregon
  • Mark Takano, California
  • Alma Adams, North Carolina
  • Mark DeSaulnier, California
  • Donald Norcross, New Jersey
  • Pramila Jayapal, Washington
  • Susan Wild, Pennsylvania
  • Lucy McBath, Georgia
  • Jahana Hayes, Connecticut
  • Ilhan Omar, Minnesota
  • Haley Stevens, Michigan
  • Teresa Leger Fernandez, New Mexico
  • Kathy Manning, North Carolina
  • Frank J. Mrvan, Indiana
  • Jamaal Bowman, New York

The Israeli-American Civic Action Network is dedicated to empowering Israeli immigrants and American allies to create change for a better America, a more secure Israel, and a stronger U.S. – Israel alliance through advocacy education and civic action. Learn more at IsraelUSA.org.