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February 1, 2013 1:28 pm

NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson Blasts Brooklyn College for Anti Israel BDS Event

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New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson ripped Brooklyn College Thursday for its plan to hold a BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) event against Israel with the co-sponsorship of the school’s political science department.

Speaking alongside Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a political heavyweight in the Brooklyn Jewish community, Thompson said, “Those are our taxpayer dollars. We should not be using those dollars to express hate.”

Thompson also posted this statement to his website:

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“New York has always been a city where people from all backgrounds come together. We will not allow it to become a place where communities are driven apart. Taxpayer funded institutions, like Brooklyn College, should not endorse divisive rhetoric, whether it’s anti-Israel, anti-Arab, or targeting any particular group.

“The 1st Amendment right of free speech extends to every single American, including those we may disagree with. However, it doesn’t mean a city college should endorse that speech.

“I call on Brooklyn College to end its support of this anti-Israel forum. As mayor, I will bring together New Yorkers from all backgrounds for constructive dialogue that fosters tolerance and cooperation among all.”

Thompson’s statements echoed those of Jeffrey Weisenfeld, a trustee of CUNY, the public education system of which Brooklyn College is a part, who wrote on The Algemeiner website Wednesday, “I call upon taxpayers to draw a line here and make it known: taxpayer dollars should not fund illegitimate, racist and anti-Semitic activities by any academic department.”

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    Isn’t it ironic that people support BDS to fight apartheid in Israel have supported BDS to fight apartheid in South Africa that our ambitious Mr. Thompson calls “haters.”

  • Daniel

    Exactly: “constructive dialogue” rather than the destruction of values, hatred and lies coming out of BDS in Europe. Will the Europeans ever learn???

    It’s the freedom of speech that as Bill Thomson says should be used to engage and talk and not criticism without bringing forward true facts provided by both parties. Otherwise both parties will enter that cycle of hatred without an exit.

    BDS is fundamentally racist.

  • Roberta E. Dzubow

    Brooklyn College disgraces itself by hosting this hate- filled- bash -Israel program. Students and FACULTY should protest- they are being USED as well as disgraced.

    Omar Barghouti lies about closed doors for Israeli Arabs in schools, jobs, government. Not mentioned? Arabs on the Supreme Court, in Knesset, doctors, lawyers, technical jobs, and of all ironies:


    Lies, damn lies, super-sized lies -being featured at BC. Maybe that stands for ” Before Commonsense.”

  • Lawrence Kulak

    OK so enough bully pulpiting and bantering: Who is bringing the restraining order MR DERSHOWITZ?

  • Human Rights

    Well…. Thompson just lost my vote.

    • Steven

      And just won mine