Ivy League schools were outraged by the response to Hamas attacks

The Wexner Foundation is cutting ties with Harvard University, accusing the Ivy League school of failing to unequivocally condemn the brutal attacks by Hamas terrorists in Israel.

“We are stunned and outraged by the Harvard leadership’s abject failure to take a clear and unambiguous stance against the barbaric murders of innocent Israeli civilians by terrorists last Saturday,” the Wexner Group’s message to Harvard reads, according to a screenshot -Supervisory Board of Message Posted on social media by Judah Ari Gross of eJewishPhilanthropy. The message is dated October 16th.

After the Jewish state was attacked by Hamas terrorists, a group of Harvard student groups issued a statement denigrating Israel. “We … hold the Israeli regime solely responsible for all the violence that is unfolding,” the student groups said in one opinion. “Over the past two decades, millions of Palestinians in Gaza have been forced to live in an open-air prison.”

The Wexner Foundation statement indicated that the school administration had failed to condemn the Harvard student groups’ statement.

“As we intend to develop new strategies and initiatives to develop Israeli civil service leaders, the Wexner Foundation is officially terminating its financial and programmatic relationships with Harvard and the Harvard Kennedy School. The current class of Wexner Israel Fellows, Class 34, will be “We will be the last to graduate from the MPA program and we will no longer send senior Wexner leaders to the executive program,” the statement said.

Harvard President Claudine Gay has condemned Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel. “As the events of the last few days continue to reverberate, there is no doubt that I condemn the terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas. Such inhumanity is abhorrent, regardless of individual opinions about the origins of long-standing conflicts in the region. Let me also say: “In this as in other matters, while our students have the right to speak for themselves, no student group … speaks for Harvard University or its leadership,” Gay said in one opinion.

The Wexner Foundation donated approximately $1.8 million to Harvard in fiscal year 2021 for a scholarship program, plus $667,000 to the university Boston Globe reported, citing tax returns for the 2021 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania is also criticized. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has informed the school that the Huntsman Foundation will no longer make future donations.

“The university’s silence in the face of Hamas’s reprehensible and historic viciousness against the people of Israel (where the only response should be outright condemnation) is a new low. “Silence is anti-Semitism, and anti-Semitism is hate, the very thing the college is designed to avoid,” Huntsman wrote in one News to Penn President Liz Magill, received from the Daily Pennsylvanian. “Consequently, the Huntsman Foundation will close its checkbook to all future donations to Penn – something that has now made three generations of alumni immensely proud. My brothers and sisters join in this rebuke.”

Magill and Penn Provost John L. Jackson Jr. have called the Hamas attacks “abhorrent.”

“We are devastated by Hamas’ horrific attack on Israel over the weekend, targeting civilians and taking hostages. These heinous attacks have resulted in tragic loss of life and escalating violence and unrest in the region,” they said written down.

The Daily Pennsylvanian reported that Jon Huntsman Sr., who died in 2018, donated millions to the facility.

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: LauraCoffey@worldtimetodays.com.

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