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Jewish model responds to alma mater UPenn hosting speaker that called Israel ‘demonic,’ ‘tumor’

Jewish model and activist Elizabeth Pipko spoke out against her alma mater after the University of Pennsylvania hosted a Palestinian writers festival featuring speakers who have repeatedly called for “death to Israel” and referred to the Jewish State as a “tumor.”

Penn came under intense backlash last month for hosting the “Palestine Writes Literature Festival” on campus, featuring a lineup of speakers who have drawn criticism in the past for their history of controversial comments. The event was widely condemned by prominent Jewish groups, alumni, trustees and current Penn students, who urged the president and faculty to take steps to ban the event from taking place on campus.

Many of the event’s speakers including Palestinian-American author Susan Abulhawa, Australian author Randa Abdel-Fattah and illustrator and Palestinian author Aya Ghanameh have drawn criticism for previous remarks or actions that have been largely criticized as antisemitic. They didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, who wore a Nazi-style uniform during a concert in Berlin in May, was slated to speak at the event but was reportedly barred from entering the campus. He joined the panel virtually via Zoom from the Philadelphia International Airport, though the organizers reportedly left a chair open for him on stage.

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Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.

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