The Daily News is trying to stir the anti-Semitism pot in a story about Thursday’s Brooklyn College forum on boycott: “FORUM FUROR: 4 Jews tossed from BDS meet at Brooklyn College.” Corinne Lestch reports:
Brooklyn College faced a new uproar Friday after booting four Jewish students from a controversial anti-Israel forum.
Senior Melanie Goldberg and three classmates were escorted out of the event, which featured the founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, by security officers shortly after it began.
“The whole point of having this debate was that it would be an open academic forum where I would be allowed to ask questions,” said Goldberg, who is studying journalism. “So I came prepared to ask questions.”
But when Goldberg took out her questions on handouts for the main speaker, BDS founder Omar Barghouti, she was asked by a member of Students for Justice in Palestine, which organized the event, to hand them over.
“Someone came to me and said, ‘Give me all your papers, or you’ll be forcibly removed from the event,’ ” she recalled.
Alex Kane upended this story yesterday— the students were told to leave because they were disrupting the event, as Jeremy Thompson, the Brooklyn College spokesperson, has stated; and many Jews attended the event. Mark Twain said, A lie goes round the world while the truth is still tying its shoes.
Update: One other interesting tidbit about this story–which Tablet reported on but the Daily News didn’t–is that Goldberg is an intern with the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC). The ICC says it “strategically focuses its efforts on building strong leaders in the campus community to effectively advocate for Israel and change the campus Israel climate.” Here’s its internship roster, which Goldberg is on.