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Tel Aviv University chief: Abramovich’s donation justifies urging the US not to sanction him

Ariel Porat. (Courtesy: Yonatan Tzur Duvdevani)
Ariel Porat. (Courtesy: Yonatan Tzur Duvdevani)

The president of Tel Aviv University has reportedly justified signing a letter urging the United States not to sanction Russian-Israeli oligarch Roman Abramovich over Moskow’s invasion of Ukraine, citing donations Abramovich has made to the university.

Haaretz reports that in a closed meeting last week, Prof. Ariel Porat said: “When a person donates $50 million to an institution and asks you, together with others, to sign a letter, I can’t see a decent person who doesn’t do that.”

Board members reportedly slammed Porat’s stance, with one saying the university should be serving as a moral compass, not acting “like a private company.”

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