Billionaire Upper West Sider, Bill Ackman, Leads Call to Oust Harvard Students Who Blame Israel

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Bill Ackman, the billionaire behind hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management – and an Upper West Sider whose glass penthouse proposal earned plenty of local headlines – has spearheaded efforts to identify the Harvard students who’ve endorsed a letter blaming Israel for Hamas’ barbaric weekend attack.


“I have been asked by a number of CEOs if @harvard would release a list of the members of each of the Harvard organizations that have issued the letter assigning sole responsibility for Hamas’ heinous acts to Israel, so as to insure that none of us inadvertently hire any of their members,” Ackman wrote Tuesday on X, the platform previously known as Twitter.

“One should not be able to hide behind a corporate shield when issuing statements supporting the actions of terrorists, who, we now learn, have beheaded babies, among other inconceivably despicable acts,” Ackman added, after noting that no signatory should be able to hide behind a corporate entity.

There were 33 student organizations which signed the letter authored by the Harvard Undergraduate Palestine Solidarity Committee, which was first shared on its Instagram page. The Harvard Crimson reports that it was temporarily suspended but back online by Monday evening.

“We, the undersigned student organizations, hold the Israeli regime entirely responsible for all unfolding violence,” the letter stated in its opening.


The group has since edited its post by removing the list of student group signatures, however, that information has already been disseminated.

Since the backlash began, some of the students who supported the statement have since distanced themselves from it, according to CNN and other outlets.

Harvard President Claudine Gay issued a letter titled “War in the Middle East” but did not actually address the statement blaming Israel for Hamas’ attacks.

Following more backlash, Gay issued a new statement on Tuesday.


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