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Patriots Owner Withdraws Support From Columbia Over Antisemitism

Patriots Owner Withdraws Support From Columbia Over Antisemitism
Patriots Owner Withdraws Support From Columbia Over Antisemitism

Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, has announced that he is withdrawing his support from Columbia University amid antisemitic violence on campus.

In a statement, Kraft expressed his disappointment with the university's response to the hate speech and protests. He said that he is no longer confident in Columbia's ability to protect its Jewish students and staff, and he will not support the university until corrective action is taken.

Kraft's statement comes after a series of antisemitic incidents at Columbia, including the posting of swastikas and other hateful graffiti. The university has condemned these incidents, but Kraft said he believes more needs to be done to address the issue.

Columbia University President Nemat "Minouche" Shafik said in a statement that she was "deeply saddened" by the antisemitic incidents on campus. She said that the university is taking steps to address the issue, including increasing security and providing support for Jewish students and staff.

Kraft's foundation has been at the forefront of the fight against antisemitism, and he has been a vocal critic of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He said he hopes that Columbia will take steps to earn back the trust of the Jewish community.

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