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To the President of Columbia Univeristy By: Arnold M. Zeiderman
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 03, 2004

Lee Bollinger
Office of the President
202 Low Library
May 30, 2004
mail code 4309
New York, N.Y. 10027

Dear President Bollinger,

I want you to know why I will not be present for my Columbia College 40th re-union. I graduated in 1964 and went on to become a medical doctor, a husband, father of two young men, an active member of my community, an elected Amador County School Board Trustee, and a voluntary faculty member at U.C. Davis School of Medicine.

I am also Jewish, a supporter of Israel, and a believer in the need for a homeland for the Jewish people. I am certain that, already, you have insight as to why I choose not be at
the re-union. During the past year I was preparing for the re-union by reading Columbia College Today. I had a most unpleasant experience in trying, unsuccessfully, to get a letter published by Alex Sachare. If you wish, I will send you the correspondence.

Another more important reason is, that as I pursued the matter, I became aware of the nasty reputation that my Alma Mater has developed (in some circles) for its tolerance and support of outspoken anti-Israel and anti-Semitic faculty, and the hostile anti-Israel campus environment that now exists. This is saddening and unjustifiable.

I hope that a person of your stature, education and influence would please try to reverse this pattern, which I am reading and hearing about from students. In my mind, I also experienced it.

It is unfortunate that an alumnus like myself, practicing Ob-Gyn in a small rural California town does not want to encourage his own sons (both excellent candidates) to even consider going to that really fine college that dad went to. Nor am I motivated to send money.


Columbia taught me to respect freedom of expression and honor the dignity of all men. Now she seems to pander to other interests. Instead of being on Morningside Heights on June 6, I will be working with a group of Christians and Jews in Sacramento called Come Answer the Call at our major event at the downtown Crest Theater (www.comeanswerthecall.com). We nurture mutual respect and cooperation between the Jewish and Christian communities.

It is unfortunate that my energy and idealism cannot be supporting Columbia's goals and efforts such as the Manhattanville project. Thank you for considering my comments.


Arnold M. Zeiderman ,MD

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