"The former president of the World Bank has pulled out of a speech at the American University of Beirut because of pressure from anti-Israel activists.
Australian-born Sir James Wolfensohn, who is Jewish, was due to speak at the AUB graduation ceremony on June 25 and be awarded an honorary doctorate.
But the university decided to revoke the doctorate after staff and students launched a petition against honouring him because of his ties with Israeli businesses.
Sir James, who led the World Bank from 1995 to 2005, was appointed as a special envoy for the Quartet on the Middle East five years ago, a role in which he oversaw Israel's disengagement from Gaza. He left the post a year later because of disagreements over how to engage with an elected Hamas."