Mayor Bloomberg defends anti-Israel event at Brooklyn CollegeBy Mason White 5:09 PM February 7, 2013
By: Sarah Weiss
The Jewish mayor of New York City is defending the anti-Israel event to be held at Brooklyn College, according to a public statement from the mayor.
“Crazy, controversial and even disgusting ideas deserve a platform in universities and politicians should not try to prevent it,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
In his first comments on the controversy over an anti-Israel forum sponsored by Brooklyn College, the mayor criticized the elected officials who have threatened to cut public funding for the university if it proceeds with the event.
“I could not disagree more violently with BDS, as they call it, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. As you know I am a strong supporter of Israel, as big as one I think you can find in the city,” Bloomberg said.
But he added: “If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of topics are suitable for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea.”
The mayor said the university has the right to sponsor forums on any topic, including business development services, which advocates financially penalizing Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.
“The last thing we need is for the members of the City Council or the state legislature to handle the type of programs that run our public universities and funding decisions based on the political views of teachers,” Bloomberg said.
“I cannot think of anything that would be more destructive to the university and its students,” he added. But apparently, Bloomberg doesn’t think that dictating the soda size is like North Korea.