Billionaire backer of U of P considers pulling funds


October 27, 2023


Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, at the Jerusalem Chairman's Conference on Sept. 22, 2013.

(JNS) - Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress since 2007, has told the University of Pennsylvania that it must work harder to counter campus antisemitism to continue benefiting from his philanthropy.

He pointed to the recent "Palestine Writes" literary festival the last weekend in September, over the Rosh Hashanah holiday, as a point in case.

"The conference has put a deep stain on Penn's reputation that will take a long time to repair," wrote Lauder, referring to the event in a letter to the school's president, Liz Magill, which CNN acquired. "I have spent the p...

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