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Hikind, Cymbrowitz Denounce Brooklyn College For Co-Sponsoring Racist Lectures

Wednesday January 30, 2013 1:47 PM - 7 Comments

brooklyn-collegeFollowing Matzav.com’s initial report on the hate-fest set to take place in Flatbush, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) will lead numerous elected officials tomorrow in denouncing Brooklyn College’s official co-sponsoring of a racist lecture. The event “BDS Movement Against Israel,” which is scheduled to take place on the Brooklyn College campus on February 7, is being co-sponsored not only by student groups but also by Brooklyn College’s Political Science Department.

“This lecture, which is funded by tax dollars, gives a platform to the BDS movement, whose goal is to delegitimize Israel’s existence,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “Like its philosophical brothers in Hamas, BDS aims to eliminate the State of Israel from the map. The only difference between BDS and their terrorist cousins are their tactics: While Hamas blows up buses filled with innocent men, women and children, BDS works to isolate Israelis-to starve them by cutting them off from all business.”

In a recent letter to Brooklyn College President Karen Gould, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz wrote, “No department or club in Brooklyn College, which boasts a richly diverse student body, has any business sponsoring events on the college campus that serve no useful purpose but to promulgate anti-Semitism. It is our task as responsible leaders to always stand on the right side of history, and Brooklyn College should not participate in or allow any event to take place on the college’s campus whose primary impetus is to shatter the already shaky bridges of peace and unity that so many of us have labored to build.”

The event “BDS Movement Against Israel” invites students to hear seasoned propagandist Omar Barghouti, founder of the BDS. Barghouti has compared Israelis to Nazis and added that he won’t take a lecture from a “white person”; that, as far as he’s concerned, “the white race is the most violent in [the] history of mankind.” Barghouti will be joined by Judith Butler, an apologist for Hamas and Hezbollah.

Assemblyman Hikind’s office reached out numerous times to Paisley Currah, chairman of the Brooklyn College Political Science Department, but Currah would not accept the calls. Hikind did speak at length with Brooklyn College President Karen Gould.

“I am extremely saddened and disappointed by President Gould’s lack of courage to do the right thing,” said Hikind. “She just doesn’t have the guts or the backbone. Allowing Brooklyn College to officially co-sponsor this hatefest will have a chilling effect on Brooklyn College and CUNY’s Jewish students.”

{Andy Heller-Matzav.com Newscenter}

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7 Responses to “Hikind, Cymbrowitz Denounce Brooklyn College For Co-Sponsoring Racist Lectures”

1. Comment from SoWhat
Time January 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Required readin http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/01/29/taxpayer-funded-bds-at-cuny-is-illegitimate-racist-and-anti-semitic/

2. Comment from SoWhat
Time January 30, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Required Reading

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/01/29/taxpayer-funded-bds-at-cuny-is-illegitimate-racist-and-anti-semitic/

3. Comment from Reformed democrat
Time January 30, 2013 at 4:28 PM

So will there be protests will there be hundreds in the audience shouting him down or will be go to the cattle cars once again without a peep

4. Comment from such and such
Time January 30, 2013 at 4:33 PM

President gould doesn’t lack courage. She lacks clarity. Typical of most minds in college.

5. Comment from reality check
Time January 30, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Yidden, please open your eyes. The game in the United States is changing rapidly. We are about to have 3 anti-Israel officials in our government (not including Obama himself).

The new anti-Semitism is masking itself as anti-Zionism.

The Satmar Rav zt”l said many many years ago: A Yid can be ideologically opposed to the State of Israel and still be an oheiv Yisroel. But a goy who is anti-Israel is an anti-Semite.

6. Comment from shortcut
Time January 30, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Firstly, we should storm the house of President Gould.
Next, we should sue Brooklyn College for contributing to racism and the encouragement of antisemitism.
Lastly, we should contact all the recent benefactors of the college and alert them to rescind their contributions and halt all further contributions.

7. Comment from Julio
Time January 31, 2013 at 11:45 PM

This has nothing to do with religion, it not a racist or anti semitic event. How can it be anti semitic when there are a handful of JEWISH organizations co-sponsoring the event. This is a human rights issue. What this event is supporting is human rights and its aim is to inform the american public how their tax dollars are being spent, Assemblyman Hikind argues that this institution receives public money. HE seems to be so concerned about tax payers money. THEN HOW COME HE IS NOT INFORMING HIS CONSTITUENTS HOW THEIR HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING USED TO FUND ISRAEL’S ILLEGAL OCCUPATION AND VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW.

I ASK ALL THOSE PEOPLE OF CONSCIOUS WHO UPHOLD OUR DEMOCRATIC VALUES TO OPEN THEIR MINDS AND DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH ON THIS TOPIC.

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