BOYCOTT! Anti-Israel forum at Brooklyn College ignites protest
Brooklyn College has become the latest battleground in the struggle for public opinion in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Assemblymembers Dov Hikind (D-Midwood/Borough Park) and Steve Cymbrowitz (D-Gravesend/Brighton Beach), buoyed by a phalanx of heavy hitters from Brooklyn’s political world, led a protest at the college yesterday, denouncing it for co-sponsoring a forum “whose goal it is to de-legitimize Israel’s existence.”
At issue is a meeting, scheduled for Feb. 7, sponsored by Brooklyn College Students for Justice in Palestine, which is a lecture on “the importance of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) in helping to end Israeli apartheid and the illegal occupation of Palestine.”
Particularly controversial is the fact that the meeting is co-sponsored by the college’s Political Science Department. Among the other co-sponsors are Brooklyn for Peace, the Brooklyn College Student Union and the Occupy Wall Street Global Justice Working Group.