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Sunday, February 10, 2013

TAKE ACTION Brooklyn College Poli Sci Dept// Sponsers// (keyword) Boycott Israel Event

Contact: Paisley Currah, Chair, on behalf of the Political Science Department Brooklyn  College
Prof. Paisley Currah-718.951.5306-pcurrah@brooklyn.cuny.edu
AND Copy the President  of the  University
P: 718.951.5671  -F: 718.951.4872-E: bcpresident@brooklyn.cuny.edu

WHAT the Issue IS : 
The international campaign to delegitimate Israel by subjecting the Jewish state—and the Jewish State alone—to boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) has now come to the most unlikely of places:  

Brooklyn College.  The political science department of that college has voted to co-sponsor a campaign event at which only pro-BDS speakers will advocate a policy that is so extreme that even the Palestinian Authority rejects it.

The poster for the BDS event specifically says that the event is being “endorsed by…the political science department at BC.”  The BDS campaign accuses Israel of “Apartheid” and advocates the blacklisting of Jewish Israeli academics, which is probably illegal and certainly immoral.  The two speakers at the event deny Israel’s right to exist, compare Israel to the Nazis and praise terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.
The president of Brooklyn College claims that this co-sponsorship does not constitute an endorsement by the college and that this is an issue of freedom of speech and academic freedom.  But when a department of a university officially co-sponsors and endorses an event advocating BDS against Israel, and refuses to co-sponsor and endorse an event opposing such BDS, that does constitute an official endorsement.  Freedom of speech, and academic freedom require equalaccess to both sides of a controversy, not official sponsorship and endorsement of one side over the other.  The heavy thumb of an academic department should not be placed on the scale, if the marketplace of ideas is to remain equally accessible to all sides of a controversy.
I have no problem with a BDS campaign being conducted by radical students at Brooklyn College or anywhere else.  Students have a right to promote immoral causes on college campuses.  Nor do I have a problem with such an event being sponsored by the usual hard left, anti-Israel and anti-American groups, such as some of those that are co-sponsoring this event.  My sole objection is to the official sponsorship and endorsement of BDS by an official department of a public (or for that matter private) college.
I was once a student at Brooklyn College, majoring in political science.  Back in the day, departments did not take official positions on controversial political issues. They certainly didn’t sponsor or endorse the kind of hate speech that can be expected at this event, if the history of the speakers is any guide.  The president of the university says this is a matter of academic freedom.  But who’s academic freedom?  Do “departments”—as distinguished from individual faculty members—really have the right of academic freedom?  Does the political science department at Brooklyn College represent only its hard left faculty?  What about the academic freedom of faculty members who do not support the official position of the department?  One Brooklyn College faculty member has correctly observed that:
“[B]oycotting academics is the opposite of free speech.  It symbolizes the silencing of people based on their race and religion.”
Does the political science department not also represent the students who major in or take courses in that subject?  I know that as a student I would not want to be associated with a department that officially supported boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.  My academic freedom would be compromised by such an association. Also, I would worry that a department that was so anti-Israel would grade me down or refuse me recommendations if I were perceived to be pro-Israel, or even neutral.  I would not feel comfortable expressing my academic freedom in such a department.  I’m sure there are many students at Brooklyn College who feel the same.  What can they do to express their academic freedom?  Should they fight fire with fire by advocating boycotts, divestment and sanctions against the political science department or against Brooklyn College?  Would that too be an exercise of academic freedom?
If I were a Brooklyn College student today and an opponent of BDS against Israel, I would not major in political science.  I would worry that my chances of getting into a good law school or graduate program, would be put at risk.  I would pick a department—or a school—that was less politicized and more academically unbiased.
Academic freedom does not include the power of department or faculty members to prosthelytize and propagandize captive students whose grades and future depend on faculty evaluations.  That’s why academic departments should not take political positions that threaten the academic freedom of dissenting students or faculty.
I can understand the department of political science sponsoring a genuine debate over boycotts, divestment and sanctions in which all sides were equally represented.  That might be an educational experience worthy of departmental sponsorship.  But the event in question is pure propaganda and one-sided political advocacy.  There is nothing academic about it.  Would the political science department of Brooklyn College sponsor and endorse an anti-divestment evening?  Would they sponsor and endorse me, a graduate of that department, to present my perspective to their students?  Would they sponsor a radical, pro-settlement, Israeli extremist to propagandize their students?  Who gave the department the authority to decide, as a department, which side to support in this highly contentious debate?  What are the implications of such departmental support?  Could the political science department now vote to offer courses advocating BDS against Israel and grading students based on their support for the department’s position?  Should other departments now be lobbied to support boycotts, divestments and sanctions against China, Venezuela, Cuba, Russia, the Palestinian Authority or other perennial violators of human rights?
Based on my knowledge of the Brooklyn College political science department, they would never vote to sponsor and endorse an anti-BDS campaign, or a BDS campaign against left wing, Islamic, anti-Israel or anti-American countries that are genuine violators of human rights.  Universities, and some departments in particular, are quickly becoming more political than academic.  This trend threatens the academic freedom of dissenting students and faculty.  It also threatens the academic quality of such institutions.
The Brooklyn College political science department should get out of the business of sponsoring and endorsing one-sided political propaganda and should stop trying to exercise undue influence over the free marketplace of ideas.  That is the real violation of academic freedom and freedom of speech.
Shame on the Brooklyn College political science department for falsely invoking academic freedom and freedom of speech to deny equal freedoms to those who disagree with its extremist politics.


Brooklyn  College Response

Political Science

February 2, 2013

A letter to Brooklyn College students

In the last week, we have been contacted by members of the Brooklyn College community and beyond about the political science department’s co-sponsorship of a panel discussion on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Many have expressed support for our co-sponsorship, but we have also heard concern that the political science department is not willing to co-sponsor speakers or events representing alternative views. In fact, since this controversy broke, no group has contacted the political science chair requesting the department's co-sponsorship of a specific event or actual speaker representing alternative or opposing views.
We are writing you now to clarify and reaffirm our longstanding department policy on co-sponsorship. We welcome--indeed encourage--requests to co-sponsor speakers and events from all student groups, departments, and programs. Any groups, departments or programs organizing lectures or events representing any point of view should email the chair, Paisley Currah, with a formal request for cosponsorship. Each and every request will be given equal consideration.
We look forward to hearing from our students and colleagues.
Paisley Currah, Chair, on behalf of the Political Science Department

Whats Happening (  note this following articule  is NYTIMES )

Pro-Palestine Speakers at Brooklyn College Attract Protests Outside

Brooklyn College Protest: Pro-Palestinian speakers drew anger and support over a talk by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement at Brooklyn College. The group calls for sanctions on Israel.

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Tensions were evident everywhere as two pro-Palestinian speakers arrived Thursday night at Brooklyn College. Protesters began gathering across the street from the student center, where the college-sponsored talk was scheduled, more than an hour before the event was to start. And police officers were stationed at the entrance to the building, searching bags and checking attendees’ names and identifications against an approved list.

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Demonstrators gathered outside Brooklyn College on Thursday night to protest a lecture held by two pro-Palestinian speakers.
Controversy had grown over the past week at the Midwood college, where nearly a fifth of the undergraduate population is Jewish, over the event organized by a student group, Students for Justice in Palestine. The college’s political science department agreed to co-sponsor the speakers along with more than two dozen other groups.
Jewish leaders on and off campus had criticized the college and its president, Karen L. Gould, for sponsoring the talk, which they said helped legitimize the B.D.S. movement, which refers to Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. Its goal is to pressure Israel to restore disputed territories and grant equal rights to Palestinians.
Throughout the week, the right to academic freedom served as the backbone to arguments in favor of the college’s sponsorship of the event.
And inside the student center, a crowd of hundreds — faculty and community members, as well as students — clapped as a speaker thanked those who supported the event, which drew so much attention a waiting list was required.
“Your being here this evening confirms your right to form and communicate an autonomous judgment to determine why you think something is true or not. And you should be free to do this without coercion and fear,” said the speaker, Judith Butler, a philosopher teaching at Columbia University.
Ms. Butler called the attendees’ participation in the discussion their right to education and free speech.
The other speaker, Omar Barghouti, a commentator and activist, began his lecture by calling on the group to celebrate their victory against “racist, hate-mongering, bullying attempts to shut down this event.”
Invoking the South African anti-apartheid movement, he went on to compare the Palestinian struggle to that of colonially oppressed people throughout history and to urge listeners to fight the racism he said was rising within Israel — similar, he said, to the anti-Semitism in Europe in the 1930s. He garnered a standing ovation.
Ms. Butler spoke more directly to the criticisms they had faced, pointing out that many Jews — including herself — opposed Israel’s policies. B.D.S. could only be seen as anti-Semitic if Israel represented all Jewish people, she said. “Honestly, what can really be said about the Jewish people as a whole?”
With a wry smile, she noted the crowd outside the building. Some Jews are, she acknowledged, “as you can hear, unconditional supporters of Israel.”
The sound of chanting was faintly audible in the room as she paused.
Outside, about 150 protesters waved signs and chanted behind a police barricade. They ranged from a few who came in solidarity with the speakers to staunch supporters of Israel.
David Haies, 33, a social worker from Brooklyn, came to protest the speech and said the experience was so invigorating he didn’t need to zip his jacket in the freezing cold. “Jews should be able to live wherever they want to live,” he said. “This feels good.”
Mr. Barghouti is no stranger to protests. He has been one of the most public faces of the B.D.S. movement, traveling from campus to campus to spread his message in the United States. Over the past few years, he has spoken at Rutgers, New York University and Harvard. In the three days before arriving at Brooklyn College, he appeared at the University of California, Irvine, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.
At several of those campuses, Mr. Barghouti’s arrival was preceded by complaints from Jewish leaders and students. But most of his previous appearances were not sponsored by the university, and few attracted the kind of controversy that Brooklyn College’s event did.
The college president, Ms. Gould, has said she does not personally agree with B.D.S.’s views, but felt the speakers had a right to talk on campus. This week, she announced that the college would host future events featuring other views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
But pro-Israel elected officials and alumni continued to clamor for the event’s cancellation or, like the lawyer Alan Dershowitz, for the university to withdraw its sponsorship.
Mr. Barghouti signaled on Thursday that he was prepared to continue battling at Brooklyn College and beyond.
Referring to Mr. Dershowitz as “a certain Harvard professor,” he told the audience, “I think we ought to send him a box of chocolates.”

Nate Schweber contributed reporting.