UPenn faculty blocks main building in pro-Palestinian ‘die-in’ protest in violation of school policy

A pro-Palestinian University of Pennsylvania faculty group blocked the main entrance to the school’s College Hall during a “die-in” protest to mourn those who have died in Gaza after Israel’s response to Hamas’s Oct. 7 terrorist attack.

Approximately 86 school faculty participated in or spectated the protest held by the Ivy League school’s Faculty for Justice in Palestine chapter, according to the Daily Pennsylvanian, a student-run nonprofit group at the university. UPenn Jewish student leader Eyal Yakoby, who witnessed the “die-in,” told the Washington Examiner that about 20 faculty members blocked the College Hall entrance as part of the demonstration.

“I believe all the tactics used are very intentionally to intimidate and harass other people,” Yakoby said. “We’re seeing this on and off campus across the country. What’s happening isn’t unique to Penn.”

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