Jewish billionaire Henry Swieca resigned from the board of Columbia Business School, citing the school’s “moral cowardice” and failure to address anti-Semitic incidents on campus.
Swieca expressed concern over the safety of Jewish and pro-Israel students, condemning the school’s response to pro-Hamas activities and stating that the administration has not taken a firm stance against Hamas.
Swieca said, “To my deep regret, the reputation and integrity of Columbia University, and by extension Columbia Business School, have been significantly compromised by a moral cowardice that appears beyond repair.” (Trending: Meet The Ultra Rich Megadonors Behind Democrats)
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Swieca called the recent Hamas attacks against Israel “revolting.”
“This is abhorrent,” he added. “Any other minority group on campus would never have to face anything close to this level of intimidation and hatred of Jewish and pro-Israel students experience.”
He emphasized that his resignation reflects deep concern for the university’s direction.
The university did not respond to the resignation, while a professor supported Swieca’s decision.
Citing a quote from Abraham Lincoln, he said, “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”
“With blatantly anti-Jewish student groups and professors allowed to operate with complete impunity, it sends a clear and distressing message that Jews are not just unwelcome, but also unsafe on campus,” he concluded.
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