Lee C. Bollinger

Columbia President Blasts Divestment Petition

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger Thursday night criticized as “grotesque and offensive” a faculty-sponsored petition calling for the university to divest from Israel. “The petition alleges human rights abuses and compares Israel to South Africa at the time of apartheid, an analogy I believe is both grotesque and offensive,” Bollinger said in a statement. “As president of Columbia ... I want to state clearly that I will not lend any support to this proposal.”
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