Madina Touré and Katelyn Cordero
October 21, 2023
NEW YORK — A Cornell University professor called the Hamas attacks “exhilarating” and “energizing.” A Yale professor dubbed Israel a “murderous, genocidal settler state.”
Meanwhile, top donors at the University of Pennsylvania — including former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. — have pulled their financial support over charges that the institution doesn’t do enough to fight antisemitism on campus.
Similar battles are becoming commonplace on college campuses across the country amid the Israel-Hamas war, often pitting wealthy donors against college presidents and students versus staff. It has created a volatile mix that is causing indecision among administrators and highlighting long-brewing ideological splits at some of the nation’s most respected institutions.