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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:09 PM

The Former Terror Suspect Leading the Attack on the Brooklyn College BDS Panel

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"When Brooklyn College’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine announced it would be hosting a forum promoting the BDS movement, or the Palestinian call to boycott, sanction and divest from the state of Israel, and would be doing so with sponsorship from the school’s political science department, a who’s who of top New York Democrats snapped into action. In a strongly worded letter to Brooklyn College president Karen Gould, the self-described “progressives” demanded that the political science department withdraw its sponsorship of an event they cast as unacceptable. The signers included Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velasquez and Hakeem Jeffries, as well as the progressive councilman Brad Lander and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is a front-runner in the race to be New York City’s next mayor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg—a committed Zionist who has spoken in favor of Israeli military assaults on the Gaza Strip—reacted strongly against the letter. “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea,” Bloomberg remarked. Then, on February 6, most of the apparently humbled Democrats who lent their names to the letter retracted their demand for the Brooklyn College political science department to pull its sponsorship. Out of the letter’s nineteen original signers, seventeen withdrew their names, leaving only former city comptroller and mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson and State Assemblyman James Brennan as the outliers."

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"Before a crowd of camera people and reporters, Thompson railed, “This organization (the BDS movement) is one that expresses hate; is one that expresses opposition to Israel.” Next, New York City Councilman David Greenfield held forth until he was red in the face, calling BDS advocates members of a “hate-filled, anti-Semitic, pro-terrorist movement.”

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"If the lawmakers had in fact gathered to take a principled stand against “hate” and “terrorism,” they chose a curious figure to stand behind. Indeed, the press conference was organized by a man who has been suspected by the FBI of involvement in several terrorist bombings and who was a top cadre in an organization currently identified by the FBI as a “violent extremist Jewish organization.” He is Dov Hikind, a Democratic State Asssemblyman who, despite his links to acts of terrorism and violence against racial minorities, has emerged as a political kingmaker in New York State politics. With his ability to deliver thousands of Russian and Orthodox Jewish votes to the candidates of his choice, often deciding hotly contested elections, Hikind had no trouble marshaling high-level opposition to Brooklyn College’s scheduled BDS event."

http://www.thenation.com/article/172699/former-terror-suspect-leading-attack-brooklyn-college-bds-panel#

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Scurrilous Feb 2013 OP
oberliner Feb 2013 #1
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #2
oberliner Feb 2013 #3
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #4
oberliner Feb 2013 #5
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #6
oberliner Feb 2013 #7
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #8
shira Feb 2013 #9
Jefferson23 Feb 2013 #10

Response to Scurrilous (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:16 PM

1. All this for a quiet event attended by about a hundred or so people

Much sound and fury signifying nothing.

But good play in some corners in need of web hits.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:25 PM

2. So The Nation is another poor publication, as well as +972 Magazine? n/t

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:27 PM

3. Max Blumenthal craves attention

His ego is what I was attempting to "ding" in this case.

This is exactly the kind of article I'd expect him to write in this case.

He likes to drum things up where nothing exists in order to draw attention to himself.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:28 PM

4. The Nation does not agree, evidently. n/t

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:31 PM

5. I think they do

His articles help generate web traffic - he is good at rabble rousing for those who are interested in that kind of thing.

In any case, I'm glad there are so many people posting on this snowy day!

Hope you are safe.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:38 PM

6. You imagine The Nation's working relationship with him has nothing

to do with the content but merely a rabble rouser...interesting. So you don't think much of this publication either.


Thanks, I hope there are no significant power outages for anyone. It is beautiful outside right now, as long as you're
able to view it from inside.

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:53 PM

7. Pretty much all news magazines are in trouble

I think a lot of them are turning to purple prose to generate attention (and revenue).

Or maybe it's yellow journalism. I forget which means what.

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Response to oberliner (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 03:56 PM

8. That's a pretty cynical viewpoint, but ok. n/t

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Response to Jefferson23 (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:39 PM

9. It's Chomsky's viewpoint. Some news/narratives get more hits....

More hits means more revenue.

Keep giving the people what they want...

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Response to shira (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 04:47 PM

10. Nonsense, he is not referring to this OP and you know it. n/t

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