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Investigation: Jewish Students Were Unjustly Evicted from Brooklyn College BDS Event

April 14, 2013 4:17 pm 15 comments

Picture of the east quad of Brooklyn College.

After a two month investigation into the circumstances surrounding the expulsion of four Jewish students from a BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) event aimed at Israel at Brooklyn College in February, a report has been issued that states that a “plausible inference can be drawn that the removal of the four students was motivated by their  political viewpoint.”

The event featured anti-Israel activists Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti, and gained considerable attention in the press when it was discovered that the school’s Political Science Department was a sponsor.

The report was originally commissioned by the school after conflicting accounts arose as to why the four students, Melanie Goldberg, Ari and Michael Ziegler and Yvonne Juris, had been removed from the event. The organizers, Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as the university itself, said that the students were being disruptive by handing out fliers and talking, and were removed on the recommendation of Carlos Guzman, a former student at Hunter College who was the SJP vice president at that school, but who did not attend Brooklyn College in any capacity. The Jewish students contended that the allegations were completely false. This contention gained further credence after an audiotape published by The Algemeiner reinforced the students’ claims.

The report, which was conducted by the firm of Bryan Cave LLP and involved interviews with more than 40 witnesses, concluded: “It is clear that there was no justification for the removal of the four students. They did not create a ‘disturbance.’ Even though the sound system was not working perfectly and Dr. Butler spoke in a soft voice, she could be heard clearly at all times. At most the students made some noise when they entered and got settled into their seats. Even then only a few people nearby heard them. Any subsequent noise would appear to have been the result of Guzman’s intervention. Nor were any of the four students wrong in refusing to hand over their papers.”

The report contradicted Guzman’s account of the students’ expulsion. For example, he stated that he asked Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Milga Morales, to speak to the students, which she did. Dr Morales, however, said that this never occurred. The report also criticized the handling of the school’s initial statements to the press, which claimed that the students had been disturbing the audience, noting that “the primary source of that statement was an email from Morales” and “it did not make clear that the four students were removed entirely on the word of Guzman and that Morales” and other staff “had not witnessed the alleged disturbance.”

The report also cited several issues with registration and press access, and concluded that the “Brooklyn College administration did not handle this event well.”


  • Good On Ya Guys!! stand up for whats right!!

  • It is apparent that that all professional educators are now left wing antisemites. Has anyone heard of the Nazi inspired teacher who assigned her/his 10th grade English class to pretend they are Nazi commanders and to write about how evil the Jews were and how they deserved the holocaust. The teacher was protected by the superintendent of schools and the media. Instead of punishment she/he was given a paid leave of absence from class. She/he was never identified not even by gender. Were they afraid some Jew might shoot him/her? Did they want us to think that Jews acted like Muslims if Mohammed was insulted?

  • Has anyone brought this report by the law firm engaged to investigate the matter to that fierce defender of “academic freedom” to the attention of Mayor Bloomberg? Surely, he will want to see some appropriate corrective measures taken.

  • b’sd

    The JDO rallied from day one deamnding the self-hating Jewish college president be fired !

  • B’SD

    Thje JDO from day one rallied at the school and deamnded thatt the self-hating college president be fired !!!

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    Perhaps if you’re the president of a college where a large percentage of Jews, up the prestige of the school in numerous ways–whether its monetarily or intellectually etc and you’re not smart enough to see that the Jewish interests should if not prevail at least be allowed to the table, than maybe you should step down. Let her take a job with the ground zero mosque, I’m sure she would be just as effective there…

  • Stuart Palmer

    What is clear that academic standards have been totally devalued. Research and rationale have been replaced by bigotry. Discussion is forbidden, debate on the issues is taboo.

    If this is a sample of University education in the USA, the future is gloomy

  • So the organizers lied. Nothing new here. Deception. Name calling. Threats. Then whining. And university officials are intimidated.
    As a former brooklyn College student, I’ve witnessed what is more disturbing that pro-arabs on campus can muster a group to demonstrate at the drop of a hat. Where are the Jewish students?

  • richard sherman

    What is clear is Brooklyn College is now a bastion of antisemitism filled with antisemitic teachers and administrators including antisemitic Jews…a fairly typical American university today.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    The first Jew Free University in America will be in Brooklyn. No one saw that one coming, did they?

  • Michael Garfinkel

    The entire brooklyn college incident was a disgrace from beginning to end.
    I agree that everyone involved, particularly this duplicitous college president, ought to be seriously sanctioned. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Fredric M. London

    We all know that truth is NOT on the side of the haters. What really bothers me is that in Brooklyn, not Berkley but Brooklyn, this was allowed to take place and, further, that there has been no statement of outrage at the conduct of a high ranking university employee, who witnessed this; the president of the university, who obviously favored the human obscenities that created the event; or the university itself for the blatant one-sided handling of hate speech on campus. What if the KKK, rather than the bds were the group?

    We cannot seem to slow the runaway train of Jewish hatred and illogical anti-Israeli ‘opinion,’ but, at least in Brooklyn, it seems to me, an emphatic statement about this outrage should occur.

  • It is obvious that the so called Colleges in this country are breading grounds, like our government for the apologists of arab and liberal lies. Nothing has changed in 5000 years.

  • The president of Brooklyn College made a lot of statements.

    Don’t let her walk away from this one. Hold her feet to the fire. Keep up the pressure. Be loud.

  • Of course they were because the Israel bashers are unable to make a legitimate argument with real debate because TRUTH IS NOT ON THEIR SIDE. They are trying their best to shield the truth from people because they understand that few from the West can be seen standing side by side with those who actually believe the Jewish People are not quite human – unless you believe anyone descended from a pig is human – or that they are “bloodsuckers” or those who would listen to anyone advising them to “nurse their children to hate the Jews” as Egyptian President Morsi did. The defenders of the Palestinians ought to tell their leaders they want to coexist with the Jewish State – or move out of the way while we build it

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