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February 7, 2013 3:46 am

Mayor Bloomberg Says BDS Apostles Should Speak at Brooklyn College

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Times of Israel – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday spoke up for academic freedom amid controversy over an event at a public college, despite stressing his distaste for the cause at hand.

The speakers in question, Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti, are prominant members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates a commercial and academic boycott of Israel to try to influence its policy toward Palestinians.

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  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    Looks like Bloomberg was either misinformed, or just plain uninformed. This has nothing to do with freedom of speech and/or academic freedom this has to do with the college itself stepping up to the bat with anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist rhetoric. This isn’t about whether or not the discussion should take place but the college is endorsing the vitriol by paying for it and paying judy butler’s speaking fees for her brand of tyrannical pro-islamist, pro terrorist sympathizing. This infringes on the integrity of the college. I can’t imagine being a Jewish student there and not feeling duped.