At last, some pushback.
Press Conference to Investigate BDS & Brooklyn College (2-14-13) The "Silent" Majority No More February 18, 2013
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A Press Conference held on February 14, 2013 has called for an investigation of Brooklyn College denouncing the BDS movement (Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment) as hate speech and anti-Semitic. They asked that Brooklyn College adopt new policy changes in light of recent events surrounding this BDS (Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment) event aimed at Israel. Four Jewish students complained of being unfairly singled out and then removed from the audience. (scroll down for 5 videos of the press conference)
Jeff Wiesenfeld, a 14 year trustee at the City University of New York (CUNY) said of the BDS event,
“ This was not an academic pursuit, it’s propaganda, which is actually prohibited in universities. The American Association of University Professors has standards that have been in force since 1916 that say professors may not proselytize. They must give two sides of an issue and they are to spur academic discussion and research. That’s being violated….Laws were broken just by having the Political Science Department co-sponsor the event. The BDS panel marked a “black day for Brooklyn College.”
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) whose post-event press release can be found here organized the panel that was held on February 7, 2013.
An event that had only two speakers, two leaders of the economic and political warfare movement known as BDS. BDS Founder, Omar Barghouti and “feminist philosopher”, Judith Butler . Their purpose was to promote BDS as a force for good. BDS is ‘so good’ that the event was restricted to press as well as the public.
This one-sided panel was co-sponsored by the Political Science Department at Brooklyn College, a sponsorship that caused many of New York City’s politicians to express concerns regarding a boycott against Israel . (Links to the January 28th Press Conference can be found here) More facts exposing the BDS lies can be found in this flyer from Stand With Us .
This BDS event of 2013 was policed heavily, something that cannot be said for the David Horowitz event in 2011. Horowitz had been invited by Brooklyn College students to speak out against the “Palestinian Wall of Lies” and fraudulent claims of an Israeli ‘apartheid’. But, the “Palestinian” students demanded Horowitz be barred from speaking and threatened to shut down the event (as they have done on other campuses).
Link to the obnoxious attempts by ‘Palestinian” students to shut down Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer at Temple University in 2012 and the indifference exhibited by Campus Security (yawning while this man heckled)
At Brooklyn College in 2011. The College ignored the threats from the “Palestinians” and showed no interest in supplying security for the speaker, Horowitz, or the Jewish students. No support from the Political Science Department for differing points-of-view. Thankfully, CUNY trustee, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, persevered until there was a bare-bones Brooklyn College security presence.
The 2013 treatment of the “offending” Jewish students was completely different from the anti-Israel students who WERE disruptive in 2011. Even though the anti-Israel students spoke out-of-turn, showing disdain for the guest, David Horowitz, NO ONE was removed. Those anti-Israel students from 2011 can be seen and heard HERE.