Only Available for California Residents-18 Years or Older
Donate Shop Register Volunteer


Jewish leaders slam Brooklyn College decision to host BDS event
Jewish leaders slam Brooklyn College decision to host BDS event


Caption: The Brooklyn College campus. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS News Service
January 31, 2013


(JNS.org) Prominent Jewish leaders are expressing outrage over Brooklyn Colleges decision to sponsor an anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) event.

The BDS event scheduled to be held on Feb. 7 will feature Omar Barghouti, Palestinian activist and founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and Judith Butler, a feminist philosophy professor at the University California, Berkeley and outspoken supporter of the BDS movement against Israel. Brooklyn College's political science department is co-sponsoring the program.

While student clubs are certainly entitled to put on whatever events they wish that conform to school guidelines, it is reprehensible that a school department is willing to officially dignify this event, StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein said in a press statement, calling the event an effort to promote bigotry, prejudice and hate against the Jewish state and its supporters.

Meanwhile, a petition has also been started by students at Brooklyn College urging the school to withdraw its support, the Jewish Week reported.

Karen Gould, president of Brooklyn College, released a statement to her staff defending her decision to allow the event.

As an institution of higher education, it is incumbent upon us to uphold the tenets of academic freedom and allow our students and faculty to engage in dialogue and debate on topics they may choose, even those with which members of our campus and broader community may vehemently disagree, she said.

But Harvard Law professor and pro-Israel activist Alan Dershowitz, who is also an alumnus of Brooklyn College, questioned Goulds decision to invoke academic freedom.

Academic freedom simply does not include the power to proselytize and propagandize captive students whose grades and futures depend on faculty evaluations, Dershowitz wrote in the New York Daily News.

I can understand the department of political science sponsoring a genuine debate over boycotts, divestment and sanctions in which all sides were equally represented. But the event in question is pure propaganda.


Read Article Here
Other stories
4/24/2014
On March 19, the Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects [RIBA] voted to call...
4/24/2014
If a small group of grassroots Jewish organizations have their way, more than one hundred ...
4/24/2014
Earth Day Giveaways....
4/24/2014
The Cabinet today (Thursday, 24 April), unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate...
4/24/2014
StandWithUs congratulates UCSB students, along with Rabbi Evan Goodman and the staff at Sa...
4/23/2014
This is the ninth in a series of stories told by former IDF soldiers about their time in s...
4/23/2014
This is the tenth in a series of stories told by former IDF soldiers about their time in s...
4/23/2014
This is the eleventh in a series of stories told by former IDF soldiers about their time i...
4/23/2014
Sharon, 26, described the day when she had to send a signal to her hometown, Haifa, lettin...
4/23/2014
Dueling advertisements for and against American tax dollars being given to Israel and the ...
4/23/2014
There is a scene in Guys and Dolls, the Damon Runyan-inspired tale about entertaining mobs...
4/23/2014
A Palestinian Authority [PA] minister who equated Jewish blood with Palestinian blood has ...
4/23/2014
One of the libels continuously repeated by the PA is that Israel is planning to destroy th...
4/18/2014
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict played out on Metrobuses in Washington during the annual ...
4/17/2014
In the mailboxes of the average American 17-year-old, one might find birthday cards from r...
4/17/2014
This is the eighth in a series of stories told by former IDF soldiers about their time in ...
4/14/2014
The Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement against Israel is often seen as progressive — ...
4/14/2014
Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the Auschwitz c...
4/14/2014
Yishai and Ilana are students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, but they weren`t visi...
4/14/2014
Cornell University`s Student Assembly on Thursday voted 15-8 (with one abstention) to inde...

 

About Us
Get Involved
Resources
Shop For Israel
Social Media
StandWithUs Websites