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Wealthy Jewish Philanthropist Steps Down from Columbia Board, Citing ‘Moral Cowardice’ and Concerns for Jewish Safety on Campus

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Moral Cowardice Jewish Billionaire Steps Down from Columbia Business School Board

Henry Swieca, a prominent Jewish billionaire and philanthropist, has resigned from the Columbia Business School Board, citing what he perceives as a troubling “moral cowardice” within the institution. Swieca’s decision is driven by a belief that such sentiments have left Jewish individuals feeling unsafe on the campus of this Ivy League university.

A Principled Stand Against Moral Cowardice

In a letter posted on social media on Oct. 30, Swieca expressed deep regret over what he sees as a significant compromise in the reputation and integrity of Columbia University and, by extension, Columbia Business School. He outlined his dissatisfaction with the university’s response to recent events and the perceived lack of condemnation for Hamas attacks against Israel.

Unequal Treatment and Intimidation

Swieca highlighted what he considers revolting: the participation of “pro-Hamas students” marching on campus, chanting slogans advocating for the destruction of the Jewish state. He asserted that Jewish and pro-Israel students face unprecedented levels of intimidation and hatred compared to other minority groups on campus.

Failure to Take a Firm Stance: Moral Cowardice

Quoting Abraham Lincoln, Swieca criticized the entire Columbia administration for failing to take a firm stance against Hamas. He condemned the apparent impunity granted to anti-Jewish student groups and professors, suggesting it sends a distressing message that Jews are not only unwelcome but also unsafe on campus.

Resignation as an Expression of Concern

Swieca concluded his letter by framing his resignation as a principled stand and an expression of “deep concern” for the university’s perceived direction.

Support from Colleagues: Moral Cowardice

Columbia Business Assistant Professor Shai Davidai voiced support for Swieca, describing him as a “brave and honorable member” of the board. Columbia Business School has not responded to Fox News Digital’s request for comment as of now.

University’s Response and Acknowledgment

In a recent community letter, Columbia University’s President Minouche Shafik praised the persistence of students accused of antisemitism amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. The university announced the formation of a “Doxing Resource Group” to address issues related to doxing, harassment, and online security of students.

A Columbia spokesperson, responding to Fox News Digital, stated that the university and President Shafik are concerned about the safety and security of all students and community members. The spokesperson highlighted the creation of a Task Force on Antisemitism and a Doxing Resource Group to address the problem of doxing near the campus.

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