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Business Leaders Pressured NYC Mayor To Disperse Protestors

Business executives formed a created a WhatsApp group chat to discuss ways to influence the mayor and the NYPD.

A number of New York’s prominent business owners and investors put pressure on New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams to send New York Police Department to Columbia University’s campus and disperse anti-Israel protesters. 

Business leaders wanted Adams to use his influence with Columbia’s president and board of trustees in order to receive permission to send police to the campus and disperse the protesters. According to a report from the Washington Post, executives — including Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, hedge fund billionaire Bill Ackman, and Thrive Capital founder Joshua Kushner — created a WhatsApp group chat after the initial Hamas attack on Israel on Oct. 7. 

Following the different attempts, city officials noted that there were no plans to use private investigators. They also claim the break up of protests had nothing to do with donor requests but simply was a response to a request from campus leaders. 

According to Independent, Deputy Mayor Fabien Levy responded to the claims and said the “Washington Post should be ashamed to ask about, let alone normalize in print.”

“Any suggestion that other considerations were involved in the decision-making process is completely false, and the insinuation that Jewish donors secretly plotted to influence government operations is an all too familiar antisemitic trope that the Washington Post should be ashamed to ask about, let alone normalize in print.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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