Brooklyn College President Karen Gould has been under intense pressure from right-wing Israel advocates [..] that have threatened to withhold the College’s funding if a student-organized event on the growing movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel is not canceled… Such a threat is likely a violation of the First Amendment. (Center for Consititutional Rights, february 2013)
Brooklyn College President Won’t Cancel Boycott Israel Panel
Hits Back Against Lawmakers Who Threaten To Cut Funds
By Ari Paul, February 04, 2013.
Karen Gould, the President of Brooklyn College, has released a strong statement defending an upcoming panel discussion on the BDS movement that has come under attack from Israel supporters including Alan Dershowitz. The February 7 event will feature Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti, both of whom have coincidentally written on BDS for The Nation.
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
Each semester, student clubs, academic departments, and other groups on our campus host events and invite speakers on a broad range of topics. At times, the issues discussed may be challenging and the points of view expressed may be controversial.
Next week, Students for Justice in Palestine is hosting two speakers who will discuss their views on the BDS movement, which calls for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. The event is co-sponsored by several campus and community organizations, including the political science department.
As an institution of higher education, it is incumbent upon us to uphold the tenets of academic freedom and allow our students and faculty to engage in dialogue and debate on topics they may choose, even those with which members of our campus and broader community may vehemently disagree. As your president, I consistently have demonstrated my commitment to these principles so that our college community may consider complex issues and points of view across the political and cultural spectrum.
Unfortunately, some may believe that our steadfast commitment to free speech signals an institutional endorsement of a particular point of view. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Brooklyn College does not endorse the views of the speakers visiting our campus next week, just as it has not endorsed those of previous visitors to our campus with opposing views. We do, however, uphold their right to speak, and the rights of our students and faculty to attend, listen, and fully debate.
We also encourage our students and faculty to explore these issues from multiple viewpoints and in a variety of forums so that no single perspective serves as the sole source of information or basis for consideration.
Sincerely, Karen L. Gould, President
“Those who curse Israel will be cursed!”, February 04, 2013
Letter to Karen Gould, President of Brooklyn College
Dear MS. Gould,
Why would the Political Science Dept of Brooklyn College endorse BDS and an Israel Hate Fest? It makes no sense unless the Political Dept of Brooklyn is getting funding from those who hte Israel and wish the destruction of Israel.
“Bribery Blinds the Wise”. Shmos/Exodus 23:6 “Do not accept a bribe, For the bribe will blind those who see, and corrupt words that are just” There is a Biblical verse that has proven itself throughout history which hopefully may change your mindset.
Those who Bless Israel will be Blessed
and those who curse Israel will be cursed!
“You will be a blessing, [and] I will bless those who bless you; the one who curses you, I will curse. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Bereishis/Genesis 12:1-3) Money you receive from evil sources will be a curse for you.
Sincerely, Robin Ticker
CC: Major Jewish Media, Rabbis and Jewish Activist List
The Messiah: Battles for Israel
Judaism 101 Website
• The Jewish idea of mashiach is a Great Political Leader, not a savior
• The Bible identifies several tasks that the mashiach will accomplish
Political Leader & Warlord
Belief in the eventual coming of the mashiach is a basic and fundamental part of traditional Judaism. …
The term “mashiach” literally means “the anointed one,” and refers to the ancient practice of anointing kings with oil when they took the throne. The word “mashiach” does not mean “savior.”
The notion of an innocent, divine or semi-divine being who will sacrifice himself to save us from the consequences of our own sins is a purely Christian concept that has no basis in Jewish thought.
The mashiach will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15).
Olam Ha-Ba: The Messianic Age
The whole world will recognize the Jewish religion
as the only true religion
The world after the messiah comes is often referred to in Jewish literature as Olam Ha-Ba (oh-LAHM hah-BAH), the World to Come. In English, we commonly use the term “messianic age” to refer specifically to the time of the messiah. In the Olam Ha-Ba, the whole world will recognize the Jewish G-d as the only true G-d, and the Jewish religion as the only true religion (Isaiah 2:3; 11:10; Micah 4:2-3; Zechariah 14:9).
We believe that in that future time, everyone will simply know what the truth is, in the same way that we know that 2+2=4, and there will no longer be any reason to argue about it.
What About Jesus?
Jews do not believe that Jesus was the mashiach. … On the contrary, another Jew born about a century later came far closer to fulfilling the messianic ideal than Jesus did. His name was Shimeon ben Kosiba, known as Bar Kokhba (son of a star), and he was a charismatic, brilliant, but brutal warlord.
Bar Kokhba fought a war against the Roman Empire, catching the Tenth Legion by surprise and retaking Jerusalem.
He resumed sacrifices at the site of the Temple and made plans to rebuild the Temple. He established a provisional government and began to issue coins in its name. This is what the Jewish people were looking for in a mashiach….