Due to Harvard’s financial backing of Hamas, Victoria Secret’s founder calls the university a “dismal failure.”

Leslie Wexner, the billionaire retailer and founder of Victoria’s Secret, has stopped sponsoring Harvard, one of the prestigious universities that has come under fire for its response to the Hamas attacks on Israel last week.

The Jewish leadership organization founded by the merchant, the Wexner Foundation, announced on X that it had severed ties with Harvard because the university’s administration failed to take a strong moral stance against anti-Semitism and terrorism. The choice comes in response to requests from investors, CEOs, and contributors for Ivy League universities to support Israel more and condemn anti-Jewish prejudice.

According to the statement, which was signed by Leslie and Abigail Wexner, Wexner Foundation President Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, and Director General for Israel Ra’anan Avital, Harvard’s officials were in fact treading carefully and hedging their positions.

The Harvard Kennedy School and The Wexner Foundation are no longer compatible business partners, according to our analysis. Our core values no longer coincide with Harvard’s, according to the statement.

The statement also claimed that Wexner fellows had experienced being “shouted down” for their “voices and views” and that the Kennedy School of Government’s “openness to diverse perspectives had declined slowly but noticeably” in recent years.

Numerous Israel Fellows at HKS no longer feel excluded. They feel deserted.

The organization funds a fellowship for Israeli officials and employees of the public sector who wish to attend the Harvard Kennedy School for one year.

A representative at the Harvard Kennedy School pointed Insider to statements made last week by both Dean Doug Elmendorf and Harvard President Claudine Gay, in which the institution made it clear that we reject the terrorist atrocities committed by Hamas.

In his essay, Gay stated that his university “rejects terrorism, including the heinous crimes committed by Hamas.”

In his Friday statement, Elmendorf also condemned the attacks, saying, “I am extremely worried regarding the dangers, vitriol, harassment, and other threatening measures produced at members of our community,” while pointing out that the majority of those responsible for these actions were people who did not attend Harvard.

According to a Kennedy School representative, the Wexner Foundation has historically supported student scholarships and for that, the school is very appreciative.

Wexner built his fortune by founding businesses like Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. The Wexner Foundation was established in 1983 with the aim of “strengthening leadership for the Jewish people,” according to the foundation’s website.

After it was discovered that the businessman was “close personal friends” with Jeffrey Epstein, who was found guilty of sexual assault, he resigned from his position as executive at the retail companies.

The collaboration that provided Israeli government employees with management and leadership training at the esteemed Ivy League public affairs school came to an end with the declaration made on Monday.

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