All Quiet At Brooklyn College’s Most Recent Anti-Israel Talk

But criticism over departmental cosponsorship renews debate over propaganda versus free speech at academic institutions.

Special To The Jewish Week

When activist Ben White spoke at Brooklyn College last week on the topic of “Israel: Apartheid, not Democracy,” there were no evictions, no disruptions, no names mysteriously left off the list of RSVPs. Unlike a similarly controversial event there last year, there won’t be any investigation concluding that student’s rights were violated on the basis of their political views, or reports of an administrator who did nothing in a situation that seemed to suggest an intervention. This time around, the peace held.

Abraham Esses, left, a senior at Brooklyn College, talks to Ben White. Via

Rihana Defies BDS, Plays Tel Aviv


Rihanna sang before a crowd of 50,000 in Tel Aviv at Israel’s largest performance venue, Yarkon Park.

Fans paid $100 and up for Tuesday’s show, part of the pop star’s “Diamonds” world tour and her second performance in Israel. She played Israel three years ago.

U.C. Berkeley Opens Jewish Studies Center

The College's new program is launched amid a campus known for its anti-Israel activism.

Jewish Week Correspondent

U.C. Berkeley has announced the opening of a new Center for Jewish Studies, JWeekly has reported. The literary scholar Robert Alter is set as the Center's founding director, and the University has allocated $1 million to jumpstart the program.

Ari Lesser Raps About BDS

"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.


Biggest Campus Threat Is Jewish Disunity, Not BDS

Special To The Jewish Week

Reports on the status of Israel on campus from two major Jewish Israel advocacy organizations — The David Project and the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise — have documented the relatively marginal influence of anti-Israel groups and their efforts on campuses in the United States. They note that while BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) efforts may continue on some campuses, Israel is not under siege by these efforts on campuses in the United States. Both reports were met with a measure of skepticism, in part because so much communal concern has been invested in combating these marginal groups, and in part because no amount of statistical data can outweigh the impressions made by videos of demonstrations and by singular events that mold North American Jewish public opinion.

Larry Sternberg

Belgian Students Join Academic Boycott Of Israel


A Belgian student association passed a motion in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

Councilmen Demand Accountability For Brooklyn College BDS Event

Assistant Managing Editor

Unwilling to accept the City University of New York's report last month on the handling of an anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College, five members of the City Council are demanding that an administrator at Brooklyn College be held accountable for her actions.

Brooklyn College Botched BDS Event

But report from the City University of New York finds no evidence of religious discrimination behind ouster of four Jewish students at political science department forum in February.

Jewish Week Correspondent

Brooklyn College bungled the handling of an anti-Israel forum two months ago, allowing for the unjustified ouster of four Jewish students attending the event, according to a report issued Friday by the City University of New York.

Brooklyn College students protest a BDS forum in February.

92nd St. Y Says Roger Waters Canceled Appearance

Assistant Managing Editor

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, an advocate of boycotting Israel, won't be available for a controversial April 30th appearance at the 92nd Street Y, the Jewish cultural hotspot told its patrons Thursday.

"We heard from Roger Waters that he is unable to appear at the event scheduled for April 30," reads an email from the Y. " No further explanation for the cancellation was given, and the Y told The Jewish Week it would have no comment.

92nd St. Y's Roger Waters listing is short on details. Photo via

Fresh Rift Opens Over Tactics In BDS Campus Fight

In wake of Brooklyn College event, Jewish professionals question approach of Hikind, other pols.

Jewish Week Correspondent

The Jewish professionals at campus Hillel organizations, the Israel Action Network and the Israel on Campus Coalition say the evidence is unequivocal: When Israel’s supporters learn about an upcoming event organized by those who would delegitimize the Jewish state, focusing on the country’s detractors hands that very crowd a victory.

Dov Hikind
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