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Billionaire businessman Bill Ackman has slammed the president of Harvard for failing to attend Israel's screening of footage from the October 7 Hamas attack even after he offered to fly her to her appearance before Congress the next day.
The hedge fund manager took aim at Claudine Gay over her 'failed leadership' and called the decision not to attend an 'insult'.
Ackman, 57, offered to fly Gay to Washington D.C. immediately after the documentary is screened at Harvard, where she is due to testify to Congress about the explosion in anti-Semitism at the college.
But the university leader has declined the invitation, with her chief of staff stating she is 'out of town' in an email reply.
'I can’t imagine anything more important for the Harvard President to do now than to bear witness to the atrocities before testifying about the Hamas protests and antisemitism on campus,' Ackman wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
Bill Ackman hit out at the University of Harvard's president after she declined to attend Israel's screening of the Hamas October 7 attack footage because she is out of town
Claudine Gay is due to testify at Congress about anti-Semitic incidents at her college the day after the screening
Ackman offered to fly Gay to Washington D.C. in time for her testimony before Congress but she declined the invitation
'It may be true that she is "out of town" as I am sure she is flying to DC that day, but it sure sends a bad message to the students, the faculty, and the alumni community about the seriousness with which she is taking the issue of antisemitism on campus.
'And it is an insult to the Israeli Ambassador who is flying to Boston just to present the documentary at Harvard.'
Ackman said he offered to provide dinner and a flight so the two could discuss the kinds of questions Gay may face at Congress on Tuesday.
However, gifts such as a this from a donor seeking to influence university policy may or may not be prohibited by school regulations.
Ackman previously threatened