A multibillionaire hedge fund manager has caused a stir on Twitter by requesting that Harvard University divulge the names of students who are members of groups that wrote a letter blaming Israel for all of Hamas’ terrorist activities.
Bill Ackman, the chief executive officer of Pershing Square Holdings, responded on Twitter on October 10 to a letter from more than 30 Harvard student organizations that held “the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence” and urged “the Harvard community to take action to stop the ongoing annihilation of Palestinians.”
Ackman stated that he and other CEOs wanted to know the names of all students associated with the organizations that signed the letter in his article, which had more than 16 million views in less than 24 hours.
This was done in order to prevent “accidentally” hiring any of the students in the future.
We now know that terrorists have decapitated newborns in addition to other heinous crimes; thus, one shouldn’t be allowed to hide behind a business veil when endorsing their actions, tweeted Ackman, whose wife Neri Oxman is Israeli-born.
According to Forbes (www.bit.ly/48Mahrf), a number of other CEOs, including Jonathan Neman of Sweetgreen, David Duel of EasyHealth, and Jake Wurzak of DoveHill Capital Management, expressed support for Ackman’s piece.
Senator Ted Cruz, who tweeted, “What the hell is wrong with Harvard? “, was among many who also voiced outrage about the Harvard letter. 31 student groups decided to support the terrorists over Israel when given the option. The terrorists are raping, kidnapping, and killing thousands of women and children. Their raging antisemitism and bigotry are very blinding.
Unsurprisingly, Ackman received criticism from some on Twitter. Gönenç Gürkaynak, a Muslim Harvard Law School alumnus, accused Ackman of conspiring with other CEOs to exclude specific student groups, which he claimed violated federal anti-trust rules.
Others, however, expressed their support for Harvard alumni Ackman, who focused his thesis on examining the experiences of Jews and Asians in the Harvard admissions process, according to Business Insider (www.bit.ly/45spc6Q).
They’ll just be waiting for the opportunity to sue you for any injustice or harassment you committed against them while acting as their employer. At all costs, stay away from them, tweeted user Sarah T.
Danielle Mikelian, a Twitter user who described herself as a board member of one of the organizations that signed the letter, also left a comment on Ackman’s tweet, announcing her resignation and describing the letter as “egregious.” Mikelian tweeted, “I’m sorry for the hurt this has caused.
“My organization did not have a formal process, and I didn’t even see the statement until we had signed on.” Armenian-born Mikelian, a second-year student at Harvard Law School, claimed that after reading the letter’s contents, she dissuaded another student organization from signing it.
She mentioned that a number of other students had also submitted their resignations from the board due to its sentiments.