The Hill: Matthews: A ‘boycott, divestment, sanctions’ movement conservatives can support 151_The_Hill_-_Anitsemitism_at_ivy_league

December 19, 2023 12:23 PM



By Merrill Matthews | Full article published at

Conservatives have generally opposed the progressive left’s years-long effort to boycott, divest from, and sanction (BDS) countries and companies the left doesn’t like. Israel is usually at the top of that BDS list. But given the deplorable nonresponse of so many colleges and universities to their students’ support for Hamas, maybe it’s time for a conservative BDS movement: cutting federal funds to those colleges and universities unwilling to suppress or at least control the anti-Jewish hate.

Ironically, some of the universities with the largest endowments — tax-exempt funds built up from donations and investments, which are supposed to advance the universities’ mission — are also recipients of the largest federal handouts. 

How much did these universities receive in federal funds? According to OpenTheBooks, from 2018 to 2022 Harvard received $3.2 billion in federal grants and contracts, and Penn received $3.7 billion. (MIT didn’t make OpenTheBooks’ top 10 list, but it received millions of dollars.)

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