United States, Antisemitsm

At least two major pro-Israel donors pause donations to Columbia in the wake of anti-Israel protests

Robert Kraft and Leon Cooperman, both major donors to Columbia, have both announced pauses or limitations to donations to the university.

Robert Kraft, winner of the 2019 Genesis Prize, announces pause in Columbia donations. (Photo: Flash90)

As anti-Israel protests continue to rage across the campus in Columbia against Israel and Jewish students, two major donors to Columbia, Robert Kraft and Leon Cooperman, have announced a pause in donations in response, according to the Daily Mail and Business Insider.

Kraft, owner of the American football team the New England Patriots, reportedly said "The school I love so much – the one that welcomed me and provided me with so much opportunity – is no longer an institution I recognize,' The New England Patriots' owner and Columbia graduate said on Monday. I am deeply saddened at the virulent hate that continues to grow on campus and throughout our country."

For his part, Cooperman said he said he will continue to give to the school, though he will bookmark his gifts to stay within the business school.

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