University of Pennsylvania alerted FBI to antisemitic threats on campus, school’s president says

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The University of Pennsylvania police and the FBI are jointly investigating a series of threatening antisemitic emails sent to university staff, Penn President Liz Magill said on Monday.

In an email to the university community, Magill said she learned that some Penn staff members received “vile, disturbing antisemitic emails threatening violence against members of our Jewish community, specifically naming Penn Hillel and Lauder College House.” Magill said the messages targeted the personal identities of the recipients.

The threats come amid heightened tensions on US college campuses and at Penn, in particular, amid the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Penn, and Magill, have especially felt those tensions, as a Palestinian literary festival, held before the Hamas attack on Israel, has stoked anger from major donors.

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