Billionaire Robert Kraft Pulls Funding from Columbia University over ‘Virulent Hate’ from Pro-Hamas Protesters on Campus

Multi-billionaire Robert Kraft has announced that he is pulling his donations from his alma mater Columbia University over the ongoing pro-Hamas protests on campus.

Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, said Monday said he will no longer donate to Columbia due to the “virulent hate” on campus against Jewish people.

The move comes amid the ongoing widespread anti-Israel protests at the prestigious college.

In a Monday statement, Kraft 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.

“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,” Kraft added.

Kraft continued by noting he is “deeply saddened at the virulent hate that continues to grow on campus and throughout our country.”

The anti-Israel protests at Columbia started last Wednesday morning.

It began as an encampment by hundreds of students on the university’s main lawn.

However, the protests have turned violent and featured anti-Semitic slogans.

More than 100 Columbia students have since been arrested and suspended from the university.

Among those taking part in the pro-Hamas protests is radical Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) daughter Isra Hirsi.

Hirsi revealed Thursday she was suspended from Barnard College over her involvement in the protests on Columbia University’s campus.

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Kraft has donated millions to Columbia after attending the Ivy League university on a “full academic scholarship.”

He graduated from the school in 1963.

One of Kraft’s largest donations helped open the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life in 2000.

On Monday, Kraft said he hopes that “in this difficult time, the Kraft Center at Columbia will serve as a source of security and safety for all Jewish students and faculty on campus who want to gather peacefully to practice their religion, to be together, and to be welcomed.”

The Patriots owner also urged the administrators at Columbia to put an end to the protests immediately.

He called on college officials to “work to earn back the respect and trust of the many of us who have lost faith in the institution.”

Kraft’s remarks came after Columbia president Minouche Shafik announced all Monday classes would be moved online amid safety concerns.

“To deescalate the rancor and give us all a chance to consider next steps, I am announcing that all classes will be held virtually on Monday,” Shafik said on Monday.

She continued by stressing that “over the past days, there have been too many examples of intimidating and harassing behavior on our campus.”

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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