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Wake-up call for donors to these elite universities after massacre in Israel

It’s the revenge of the donors. Or the donor wake-up call. Whatever you call it, we’re in a pivotal moment where donors are openly pulling their support from their alma maters over their handling of the massacre in south Israel. 

At some of these schools, the silence was the issue. 

Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, pulled his longtime support from his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, saying his foundation will “close its checkbook” because “The University’s silence in the face of reprehensible and historic Hamas evil against the people of Israel (when the only response should be outright condemnation) is a new low.” David Magerman of Renaissance Technologies and Clifford Asness of AQR Capital Management also pulled their funding from Penn. 

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called out the University of Pennsylvania’s “silence in the face of reprehensible and historic Hamas evil against the people of Israel.” (Hannah Beier/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, at Harvard, where student groups released statements blaming Israel for the murder of their own citizens, President Claudine Gay finally released a mealy-mouthed statement on Monday night after the weekend slaughter. 

“Hate has no place here” so many schools declare. But that always excluded Jews and never has that been more obvious than after the Oct. 7 slaughter in Israel. Donors can no longer ignore this reality. 

It’s not a donor revenge, it’s a donor correction, where many people who kept funding these institutions as they sunk further in the abyss have drawn the line. It’s about time and many more should join them. Funding hate at institutions of higher learning can no longer be accepted. This is the moment to say, “No more.”

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Karol Markowicz is a columnist for the New York Post and writes frequently for Fox News Opinion. She has also written for Time, USA Today, The Observer, Heat Street, Federalist, Daily Beast and other publications. She is the co-author of the new book, “Stolen Youth: How Radicals Are Erasing Innocence and Indoctrinating a Generation.” Follow her on Twitter @Karol.

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