… in Brooklyn, of all places, and Midwood, to be precise. Who knew?
Once more the Zionist thought police respond in force to a 911 (Constable Alan Dershowitz, shown above, was in the very first car on the scene, nightstick at the ready). This time it’s at Brooklyn College, part of the far-flung City University of New York empire — which used to employ me, and paid very badly, I must say.
Here’s the Times’ account of the backstory:
Next week, two leading voices of B.D.S., which stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” are scheduled to speak at the college at an event cosponsored by a student group and the college’s political science department, prompting a furious response from pro-Israel groups on campus and others who say the department’s sponsorship amounts to tacit endorsement.
“You do not have a right, and should not put the name of Brooklyn College on hate,” said William C. Thompson Jr., the former city comptroller, who is running for mayor, at a news conference with more than a dozen elected officials, students and B.D.S. opponents outside the campus on Thursday.
A number of other City Council soup hounds have lent their hoarse barks to the music of the pack, perhaps most prominent among them Christine Quinn, a great liberal darling here in my adopted home town, and also a papabile for Gracie Mansion, or so one is told.
Needless to say — this being New York — most of the torches and pitchforks are being wielded by Democrats. They’re threatening to stop funding Brooklyn College, or CUNY in general, or something. As if the New York city council actually had the power to do anything except rename streets. Here’s an example of their work:
Some of my Lefty friends have been rather cheered by the response of the college’s president, one Karen Gould. She has not actually booked a flight to go and be flagellated at the Wailing Wall; she has not offered to expel or fire anybody whom Alan Dershowitz might not like. Credit where it’s due. One fellow Lefty burbles:
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a leader of an educational institution take a more principled and courageous stand than this.
Indeed. But that’s setting the bar rather low, isn’t it?
Gould is better than the general run of college presidents. But not much better. Here are a few excerpts from her response to the Dershniks:
While we appreciate the many voices of support for our stand on academic freedom, we cannot disregard the concerns raised by some of our students and alumni(*)….
Contrary to some reports, the Department of Political Science fully agrees and has reaffirmed its longstanding policy to give equal consideration to co-sponsoring speakers who represent any and all points of view.
Over the next two months, with the support of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities and other campus units and community groups, we will provide multiple opportunities for discussion about the topics and related subject matter at the heart of this controversy. In addition to Thursday evening’s event, at which I encourage those with opposing views to participate in the discussion and ask tough questions, other forums will present alternative perspectives for consideration….
Finally, to those who have voiced concern that our decision to uphold the rights of our students and faculty signals an endorsement of the speakers’ views, I say again that nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, I assure you that our college does not endorse the BDS movement nor support its call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.
As the official host of the CUNY center for study abroad in Israel, our college has a proud history of engagement with Israel and Israeli universities… We deeply value our Israeli partners and would not endorse any action that would imperil the State of Israel…
I would call that taking sides, in no uncertain terms.
(*) Constable Dershowtiz, as it happens, is himself an alum of Brooklyn College. Not their finest hour.