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Press Release

ADL Troubled by Upcoming Boycott Israel Event at Brooklyn College; Calls on Institution’s President to Remove Its Sponsorship

New York, NY, January 30, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed concern about an upcoming anti-Israel event at Brooklyn College, which is co-sponsored by the institution’s political science department, and urged the president to follow through on her strong statement to the Brooklyn College community that the college “does not endorse the views of the speakers visiting our campus next week.”

The event is scheduled to take place on February 7 and is also organized by the Students for Justice in Palestine.

“We remain concerned that co-sponsorship of the event by a department of the College is not consistent with President Gould’s statement of non-endorsement and, in fact, the department’s participation directly contradicts that message,” said Ron Meier, ADL New York Regional Director.  “While we are strongly committed to the principles of academic freedom and free speech, and fully understand and respect the right of individual faculty members to associate themselves with and to participate in this scheduled program, we remain troubled by its one sided, anti-Israel nature.”

In a letter to Brooklyn College President Karen L. Gould, ADL voiced its concern that the political science department still remains as a co-sponsor of the event.

“The conclusion that a Brooklyn College department’s co-sponsorship of an event does not represent implicit endorsement by the college is inescapable,” Mr. Meier wrote.  “That is precisely what it reflects and we urge you to adhere to the message you sent to the Brooklyn College community and to make clear to the political science department that it should remove its co-sponsorship.”

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.