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Harvard fails Hamas test: Wexner foundation pulls the plug on funding, ends 34 year long relationship

A seal hangs over a constructing at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Reuters

Harvard College will cease receiving funds from the Wexner Basis, a philanthropic organisation owned by Victoria’s Secret billionaire Leslie Wexner and his spouse Abigail over its response to the continued Israel-Palestine struggle.

In a letter, the Wexner Basis stated that it might be slicing off its monetary and programmatic relationship with Harvard and the Harvard Kennedy College, saying it was “stunned and sickened at the dismal failure of Harvard’s leadership to take a clear and unequivocal stand against the barbaric murders of innocent Israeli civilians by terrorists last Saturday.”

The letter was addressed to Harvard’s second-highest governing physique, the Board of Overseers and was despatched by Wexner Basis President Elka Abrahamson, Director Normal Ra’anan Avital, and chairmen Abigail S. Wexner and Leslie H. Wexner.

“In the absence of this clear moral stand, we have determined that the Harvard Kennedy School and the Wexner Foundation are no longer compatible partners,” the Wexner letter said.

It added, “Harvard’s leaders were indeed tiptoeing, equivocating, and we, like former Harvard President Larry Summers cannot ‘fathom the administration’s failure to disassociate the university and condemn the statement’ swiftly issued by 34 student groups holding Israel entirely responsible for the violent terror attack on its own citizens.”

The Ivy League faculty has been going through flak over its response to Hamas’ invasion of Israel and its college students issuing statements holding Israel accountable for the struggle. From political leaders to prime students, individuals have condemned Harvard’s response to the battle.

Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer and his spouse Batia stop the Kennedy College’s government board in protest of the College’s management’s response to Hamas’ assault on Israel.

What’s Harvard’s stand on the struggle?

In an emailed assertion, HKS spokesperson Sofiya Cabalquinto stated that Harvard College’s President Claudine Homosexual and HKS Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf have “made clear our rejection of the terrorist atrocities perpetrated by Hamas.”

“We are grateful to the Wexner Foundation for its very longstanding support of student scholarships,” Cabalquinto wrote.

Earlier, Dean Elmendorf condemned Hamas, describing the assaults in opposition to Israel as “terrorist atrocities.”

“I am outraged by the savageness and brutality of the crimes perpetrated by Hamas against defenseless Israeli civilians,” he wrote.

In the meantime, Homosexual stated, “Let me be clear: Our University rejects terrorism — that includes the barbaric atrocities perpetrated by Hamas.”

“Our University rejects hate — hate of Jews, hate of Muslims, hate of any group of people based on their faith, their national origin, or any aspect of their identity,” he added.

Penn College will get similar remedy

For the reason that Hamas assault, outstanding Jewish alumni of the College of Pennsylvania pushed officers to talk out on the struggle. A lot so, that some influential alumni demanded the resignation of of the college’s president, Liz Magill, and the college’s chairman, Scott L. Bok.

Marc Rowan, the chief government of Apollo International Administration, who had pledged greater than $50 million to the college, has referred to as on donors to chop the funds.



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