Israeli Billionaire Idan Ofer Pulls Support For Harvard Over Response To Hamas Attacks

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NEW YORK (VINnews) — Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer and his wife Batia, who are significant supporters of Harvard University, have decided to quit their positions on the Harvard executive board in protest of how university leaders have responded to Hamas’ terror attacks on Israel.

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“Unfortunately, our faith in the University’s leadership has been broken and we cannot in good faith continue to support Harvard and its committees,” the couple said in a statement to CNN.

Idan Ofer, one of the richest Israelis in the world with a fortune valued at nearly $20 billion according to Bloomberg’s billionaire index, said that “Our decision to resign from the board has been precipitated by the lack of clear evidence of support from the University’s leadership for the people of Israel following the tragic events of the past week, coupled with their apparent unwillingness to recognize Hamas for what it is, a terrorist organization.”

“With so much disinformation being spread by social media it is essential that the world’s great institutions speak with a clear and unequivocal voice at this critical time,” the Ofers added.

Earlier in the week a coalition of Harvard student groups issued a letter blaming Israel alone for the Hamas attacks, prompting severe criticism and calls not to hire the students signed on the letter.

Harvard did not comment on the resignation and criticism from the Ofers. The university instead pointed to a video statement released Thursday night by Harvard President Claudine Gay.

“People have asked me where we stand. So, let me be clear. Our university rejects terrorism — that includes the barbaric atrocities perpetrated by Hamas,” Gay said. “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 identify.”

Gay added that Harvard “rejects the harassment or intimidation of individuals based on their beliefs” and “embraces a commitment to free expression.”

“That commitment extends even to views that many of us find objectionable, even outrageous. We do not punish or sanction people for expressing such views,” Gay said. “But that is a far cry from endorsing them.”

Gay is apparently continuing to walk the tightrope between denouncing the actions of Hamas and trying to equivocate a the same time and blame the acts on “hate of Muslims” as well as respecting students right to support Hamas atrocities.

After the anti-Israel statement was released, CEOs and business leaders including hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman called for the public release of the names of students linked to the organizations that backed the statement, stating that they would not be hired by him in the future.

An electronic billboard truck drove near Harvard’s campus on Wednesday, displaying the names and faces of students who apparently were linked to the statement.


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A REAL YID
A REAL YID
5 months ago

He is sending $$ to ZAKA. JNF, Magen David, Adam, IDF Emergency Fund, etc.

David
David
5 months ago

Every university is a liberal cesspool

Michael
Michael
5 months ago

LIberal is a nice word for loving evil.

lipale
lipale
5 months ago

every Yid should leave every University in America that doesn’t condemn Hamas TERRORISTs

NYorker
NYorker
5 months ago

Genesis 16:12 “Ishmael is a wild Donkey who lives in the desert that can’t be trained and can’t live between people and will rob everything”

Esther in LA
Esther in LA
5 months ago

What would Gay say about free speech when it comes to condoning the murder of gays,blacks or Muslims for that matter? We all know what she’s say.

Sgel@yahoo.com
5 months ago

Bravo

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
5 months ago

Seems like a wise thing to do. People can spend their money as they like.

Maish
Maish
5 months ago

He should have done this long ago, Jewish students have felt unsafe at these Ivy League Universities. His financial support made it possible for these Muslim Cholerias to attend these universities for free on scholarships.

Doc
Doc
5 months ago

Actions Have consequences!

Binah
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Binah
5 months ago

Harvard has vile Nazi leadership. Please DO NOT DONATE to Harvard until they replace the leadership with sane leadership.