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March 10, 2014 12:55 pm

Brooklyn College Apologizes for Ejection of Jewish Students at Anti-Israel Event

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JNS.orgThe Louis D. Brandeis Center (LDB) for Human Rights Under Law said it “welcomes” an apology by Brooklyn College President Karen Gould for the school’s forcible ejection of four pro-Israel Jewish students at an anti-Israel event hosted by the college last year.

On February 7, 2013, Brooklyn College hosted a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) event, sponsored by Students for Justice in Palestine, which featured anti-Israel activists Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti. Four students—Melanie Goldberg, Michael Ziegler, and Ari Ziegler, and Yvonne Juris—were forced to leave by school public safety officials over allegations by a non-campus event organizer that the students were being disruptive and passing out flyers.

A City University of New York (CUNY) investigation on the incident said Brooklyn College public safety officers had “wrongly deferred” to a non-campus-affiliated event organizer who was motivated by a “political viewpoint” after hearing about one of the ejected students’ pro-Israel views at a prior campus event. The report concluded that there was “no justification for the removal of the four students.”

Gould acknowledged the findings of the CUNY report and said that the students had every right to “remain at the event.”

“I wish to publicly apologize on behalf of Brooklyn College to Melanie, Michael, Ari and Yvonne over the treatment they received,” Gould stated.

LDB President Kenneth L. Marcus said, “This apology reflects the fact that the university violated the constitutional and civil rights of our clients at a public event. This was a shameful incident, and we are pleased that the university has accepted responsibility.”

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