Robert Kraft Pulls Money From Columbia University

New York City’s Ivy League institution, Columbia University, has been hit with a major blow in the wake of ongoing pro-Palestinian protests on campus.

In a shocking move, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pulled his support for the university, citing concerns over the treatment of Jewish students and faculty during the protests.

Kraft, a prominent donor and former Columbia student, has expressed his disappointment and dismay at the “virulent hate” that has been allowed to fester on the campus. He has withdrawn his support until “corrective action” is taken by the university.

“I am deeply saddened at the virulent hate that continues to grow on campus and throughout our country,” Kraft said in a statement through his Foundation to Combat Antisemitism. “I am no longer confident that Columbia can protect its students and staff and I am not comfortable supporting the university until corrective action is taken.”

But Kraft isn’t the only big name to turn their back on their alma mater. Just last month, former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman pledged to stop giving money to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was once a student, over their handling of similar protests.

Billionaire hedge fund founder Leon Cooperman, also a Columbia graduate, has also joined the ranks of donors no longer willing to fund a university that allows anti-Semitic sentiment to run rampant on campus.

It’s no wonder that members of Congress have called on President Biden to send in the National Guard to Columbia. The situation has escalated to the point where classes have been moved to virtual or hybrid due to safety concerns. Students, who should be focused on their studies, are now forced to navigate through a campus filled with hate and tension. Where is the accountability for those responsible for creating this toxic environment?

The tipping point for Kraft was when an outspoken Israeli professor had his access to campus revoked as he attempted to join a counter-protest. It’s absolutely outrageous that a professor, who is supposed to encourage diverse perspectives and promote critical thinking, is being silenced and marginalized at Columbia. It’s reminiscent of the thought police in a dystopian novel, not a prestigious university in the heart of America.

Columbia University has failed on every level. They have failed to protect their students and faculty, they have failed to address the radicalism and anti-Semitism on their campus, and they have failed to take responsibility for their inaction—shame on Columbia University.