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Majority opinion among Columbia & Harvard faculty is pro-Israel

Reader comment on item: Columbia University Celebrates Edward Said

Submitted by Charlie Hall (United States), Apr 30, 2003 at 15:21

Judging from the results of campaigns for and against divestment of university endowment funds from companies doing business with Israel, the views expressed by Professor Said are clearly a minority among the faculty and among the general communities at at least three of the elite universities Dr. Pipes may be thinking of.

The pro-divestment campaign at Columbia is supported by 107 faculty according to http://www.columbiadivest.org. However, the anti-divestment campaign is supported by 391 faculty according to http://www.columbiadontdivest.org.

Divestment campaigns at Harvard and MIT has shown similar results: 57 pro and 143 against divestiture at MIT, 75 pro and 439 against divestiture at Harvard, according to http://www.harvardmitdivest.org and http://www.harvardmitjustice.org. With over 70% of the faculty choosing to express themselves doing so on the pro-Israel side at all three insitutions, I think it is unfair to characterize the entire institutions as "far left".

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