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California university president placed on leave

(JTA) — On Tuesday night, the president of Sonoma State University sent an email to his school community announcing an academic boycott of Israel and other concessions to pro-Palestinian protesters on his campus.

On Wednesday afternoon, he sent another surprising message: He was taking a leave of absence.

“In my attempt to find agreement with one group of students, I marginalized other members of our student population and community,” Mike Lee wrote in the second email. “I realize the harm that this has caused, and I take full ownership of it. I deeply regret the unintended consequences of my...


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