PRESS RELEASE: TANGER HILLEL AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE ABOUT BDS EVENT AT BROOKLYN COLLEGE
Nady Drukker, Executive Director, and Howard Wohl, President of the Board of Directors, state the following on behalf of Brooklyn College Hillel.
Our college's political science department has invited two speakers to advocate for an academic boycott against Israel.
We believe in the right of free speech and that an academic institution should provide an appropriate venue for serious discussion of meaningful issues. However, we strongly condemn the decision of Brooklyn College's political science department to lend its name and support to an event featuring individuals who espouse extremist and hostile views.
We call upon the political science department to act responsibly and pull its sponsorship of this event.
We do not agree with those who call for the resignation of President Gould. We do ask her to endorse the obvious: the college does not agree with these hateful speakers; the college intends to provide equal protection from hate speech for all our students; the college values Hillel's constructive role on campus; the college values its relationship with Israeli universities and colleges; the college abhors any anti-Israel call for a boycott.
Our students intend to continue maintaining civil discourse.
We vigorously discourage outsiders from coming to the campus for this event.