Brooklyn College

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.

11/19/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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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 brooklynsjp.com

Councilmen Demand Accountability For Brooklyn College BDS Event

05/03/2013
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.

04/17/2013
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.

A Slimmed-Down ‘Fiddler’

04/09/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

True to its vertiginous title, “Fiddler on the Roof” has become the most elevated and exalted of all Jewish musicals. Now comes a touring production of “Fiddler” that seeks to bring the musical down to earth with a focus on the show’s simpler, purer aspects rather than its larger-than-life qualities.

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed in Rockville Centre and at Lehman and Brooklyn colleges.

BDS Threat Is To Israel’s Legitimacy, Not Free Speech

03/05/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

When I was a student at Brooklyn College, eons ago, the subjects of free speech and academic freedom were tied into the country’s mortal fear of Communism. One of the most heated issues on campus centered on the firing of Harry Slochower, a well-known professor of German and comparative literature.

Francine Klagsbrun

Giving Attention To Israel’s Enemies

02/19/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Decades ago, while serving on the faculty at Yeshiva University, I publicly voiced my dismay that the late Meir Kahane, a rabbi known for his ugly racism and hatred of Arabs, had been a featured speaker on campus.

Steven Bayme

Fresh Rift Opens Over Tactics In BDS Campus Fight

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

02/13/2013
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

Fresh Rift Opens Over Tactics In BDS Campus Fight

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

02/13/2013
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.

Lessons From Brooklyn College Showdown

02/13/2013
Editorial

The ugly incident at Brooklyn College, where two supporters of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) were invited to speak on campus last week, was less about freedom of speech, as its defenders claimed, than about the political science department’s sponsorship of a program seeking to delegitimize the State of Israel.

UPDATE: Brooklyn College Probing Removal Of Students From Anti-Israel Event

02/10/2013

 

Brooklyn College launched a probe into allegations that Jewish students were wrongly ejected from an event hosted by the school in support of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

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