After Palestine talk, Harvard donor stops sponsoring events

BOSTON – An international law firm won’t sponsor student activities at Harvard anymore after its money was used to pay for an event on Palestine.

The firm, Milbank, previously pledged $1 million over five years to pay for student conferences at Harvard Law School, but it has now decided the money should be used for other purposes. The law school says it will pay for student events with other resources.

The student group Justice for Palestine had used $500 from the fund to pay for pizza at the Palestine discussion last fall. Soon after, students were told the fund was no longer available.

Calls to New York City-based Milbank were not returned. Harvard says the firm wants to avoid the impression that it takes a stance on any issue.


This story has been corrected to show the event was about Palestine, not supporting an independent Palestine.