Brooklyn ‘educators’ refuse to explain anti-Semitic conference

Brooklyn College anti semitic conference

Brooklyn College – Photo Credit Heidi Schumann

Brooklyn College offers a perfect example of university professors lacking the gumption to stand up for their decisions. Why do they fear telling where they stand on Israel, Palestine and Islamic terror? Aren’t they protected by lifetime tenure? Aren’t they members of the powerful American Association of University Professors union that bulletproofs their comments, actions and writings? Aren’t they brilliant, educated, stand-up people who should act as role models for our kids?

Not at Brooklyn College, where “educators” bring professional hate mongers to their campus to spread their “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” movement to students without any opposing speakers to dispel the dangerous falsehoods. How long would these “educators” last in real-life jobs? Not too long, I guess.

The New York Daily News Editorial Board is also searching for answers, according to a recent editorial:

Brooklyn College will be site of repulsive BDS conference — and its faculty won’t say why it’s going along.

Not one of the 17 professors in Brooklyn College’s political science department will step forward to explain how and why their group came to co-sponsor an event whose themes are likely to verge on anti-Semitism.

How’s that for the courage of their convictions?

On Feb. 7, the school is set to host lectures by proponents of the so-called BDS movement, a school of activism that takes offense at everything the state of Israel does. Its initials derive from calls to boycott the Jewish state, disinvest from its economy and impose sanctions on it.

When the Editorial Board sent an email asking the faculty to explain how and why it came to co-sponsor an event whose themes are likely to verge on anti-Semitism, the response was lacking:

The emails went to Profs. Sally Bermanzohn, Immanuel Ness, Mojubaolu Olufunke Okome, Jeanne Theoharis, Mark Ungar, Joseph Wilson, Lisette Nieves, Gaston Alonso, Janet Johnson, Anna Law, Steven London, Corey Robin, Celina Su, Caroline Arnold, Ken Estey and Shang Ha, as well as to department Chairman Paisley Currah.

Only Currah and Law responded, with a statement that cast the issue as purely one of academic freedom. The answer was a dodge. No one doubts their right to endorse bilge. What the public deserves to understand is how deeply it flows in one of the City University’s leading institutions.

Read the entire New York Daily News article here.

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Alan Bergstein

Alan Bergstein comes to our pages as a Brooklyn native. Father of four, retired NYC Principal, Korean War Veteran, patriot and Jewish and Israel activist.

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4 thoughts on “Brooklyn ‘educators’ refuse to explain anti-Semitic conference

  1. Ted says:

    The BDS movement is an action aginst the State of Israel because of its refusal to talk about issues concerning the Two State solution to the problems in that part of the world. Israel's supporters seem to wave the banner of antisemitism anytime someone says something negative about Israel. Being against Israel's policies and actions is not antisemitism. Saying something against the Jews could be antisemitc, but Isreal is a state, a political entity. I suggest that the reason the professors did not answer was they refused to be baited by the antisemitic question, which was clearly flagged with the forbidden word to inject controversy into the question. If you don't play fair, you can't complain when the other team doesn't want to play the game. Which points to the reason this story is even here. Was it because the BDS is anti Isreal or was it using the antisemtic flag word, in error, to get the story out? Just saying…

    1. seazen says:

      For too many people there is a special rule that says anyone who dares suggest that Israel is not 100% correct in anything and everything that it does is "antisemitic." Seriously. It is as if the rest of the world and its peoples are irrelevant. Even JDS is slammed by these people. Until we get to the point where a little criticism is acceptable, listened to, and then either countered with reason and fact or agreed with, we will get nowhere in the effort to establish some meaningful peace in the Middle East. This is a big planet with many countries and many faiths. It belongs to us all and we had better learn how to work together to make it a better, safer place or it will soon rid itself of the human race and start over.

  2. This is exactly why I wrote my book which exposes this acdemic duplicity with both barrels blasting. I have done extensive doctoral studies in this field and am published all over the world in several languages. My book–now in at least 15 major universities so far, yet the chapters are short and focused–provides a perspective missing in too many other sources…and not by accident either. Please see it at http://q4j-middle-east.com. It was purposely designed to give students and others what they need to balance such experiences.

    As for the assertion above trying to distinquish anti-Semitism from anti-Zionism, while in theory it is correct, in practice–for the vast majority of folks–in a post-Holocaust age, it simply became more "acceptable" to transform the age-old animus for the Jew into an unfair treatment of the Jew of the Nations–Israel–instead. The same folks worrying about alleged "racist Zionists," for example, are deaf, dumb, and blind to such things as the outlawing of scores of millions of non-Arab Imazighen/"Berbers," Kurds, and others' native cultures and languages by the Arabs themselves. Or the continued enslavement of black Africans in the Sudan and elsewhere by the Arabs…etc., etc., etc.

  3. Selma Soss says:

    I find this news about Brooklyn College, its educators, disgusting. Some educators. Look at the tremendous

    abuses throughout the muslim world. My suspicion is that if a college or a newsaper is having financial

    reverses, they may cave in to outside sources who will finance them to support their agenda. Could this be true

    of the New York landmark – Brooklyn College?

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