Donate Shop Register


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 College’s 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 Gould’s 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
10/11/2017
Last week, we reported on two activities of StandWithUs, one of the new wave of Zionist or...
10/11/2017
A new policy on campus events at the University of California-Berkeley encourages a “...
10/11/2017
StandWithUs congratulates pro-Israel activists for succeeding in getting their case dismis...
10/3/2017
Comedian Elon Gold talks about his upcoming stand-up shows in Israel and why he`s a bit li...
10/3/2017
Winnipeg`s Jewish community and other supporters of Israel to join them in standing with J...
9/29/2017
Jewish college students returning after their summer break are encountering a wave of swas...
9/29/2017
Freedom Theater`s `The Siege` - about 2002 Bethlehem standoff - to take the stage at NYU ...
9/28/2017
Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran, two young Israeli teenagers, aged 13 and 14 resided with th...
9/28/2017
An anti-Israel group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is organizin...
9/27/2017
Israel supporters were equated with white supremacists....
9/26/2017
Three Rhode Island university students have been selected to educate their campus communit...
9/26/2017
A pro-Israel group is training students to defend the Israeli state in high school and bey...
9/26/2017
Commends UIUC For Condemning These Actions and Encourages NYU and Tufts to Do The Same...
9/25/2017
In 1949, the world was continuing to recover from the end of one of the most horrific wars...
9/18/2017
Eitan Troyansky, Midwest Campus Liaison makes his television debut on Suzanne Cahnmann`s ...
9/17/2017
Watch Shahar Azani and Captain Elgen Long talk about Operation Magic Carpet ...
9/15/2017
A pro-Palestine campus activist group recently called for violent action against “fa...
9/14/2017
A TRUCK CIRCLED Newark on Sept. 7 beginning at noon with the digital message “Roger ...

 

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