On Thursday, billionaire investor Leon Cooperman, who has donated $50 million to Columbia University, joined Fox Business to discuss the growing anti-Semitism seen on college campuses following the breakout of conflict between Israel and Hamas that began earlier this month.
Cooperman, who is the son of Jewish immigrants and the first of his family to graduate college, told the Fox Business host that the kids "at these colleges have sh*t for brains."
"We have one reliable ally in the Middle East, and that's Israel. We only have one democracy in the Middle East, that's Israel. We have one economy tolerant of different people, and that's Israel. They have no idea what these young kids are doing," he said. "The real shame is I've given to Columbia probably $50 million over many years, and I'm going to suspend my giving. I'm going to give my giving to other organizations."
The billionaire went on to explain that he needs to see change from the Ivy League university before he considers donating again, particularly the firing of a pro-Hamas professor who called the attack on Israel "awesome."
"War is hell. War is not good for anybody, but to praise what Hamas did is disgraceful, disgusting," Cooperman said about the professor's comments. "You shouldn't support organizations that are detrimental or in opposition to your views."
Colleges across the nation have had a growing problem with anti-Semitism on campus, with Ivy Leagues in particular catching the ire of wealthy donors who are pulling their funding.
A number of donors have pulled funding from institutions like Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania after student groups and professors have come out in support of Hamas.
As previously reported by the DC Enquirer, Harvard students have been rejected from law firms and faced additional consequences after 30 student organizations signed a letter blaming Israel for the Hamas terrorist attack.
"We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence," the student groups wrote in a letter following the attacks.
"The apartheid regime is the only one to blame," the students wrote. "Israeli violence has structured every aspect of Palestinian existence for 75 years. From systematized land seizures to routine airstrikes, arbitrary detentions to military checkpoints, and enforced family separations to targeted killings, Palestinians have been forced to live in a state of death, both slow and sudden."
Due to these statements, Ivy League students are not only facing backlash from employers but also from former Harvard President Lawrence Summers, who wrote following the publication of the letter, "In nearly 50 years of [Harvard] affiliation, I have never been as disillusioned and alienated as I am today."
"The silence from Harvard's leadership, so far, coupled with a vocal and widely reported student groups' statement blaming Israel solely, has allowed Harvard to appear at best neutral towards acts of terror against the Jewish state of Israel," he explained.
Cooperman's decision to pull his funding is part of a growing pattern of wealthy donors waking up to the reality of campus politics. America's universities are filled with some of the most radical individuals in the country, and if academia hopes to recover its reputation, it will have to be more steadfast in ousting these radical professors from their ranks.
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