Thursday November 14th British journalist Ben White gave a speech titled” Israel Apartheid Not Democracy” in the Brooklyn College Student Center. It was not standing room only as there were empty seats. There were about 230 in the audience as it was a fraction of the crowd for the BDS speech in the spring that was in about 20 newspapers and magazines. Also there were no long lines of protesters outside the event as in the past. It was very calm with no one thrown out as had happened in the spring. It started around 6:40pm and the hour or so speech and 30 minute questions from the audience were pretty peaceful. Issues discussed were the one and two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on land. Ben White said there is an illegal defined border and Israel has international immunity. He is for boycotts, divestment and coalition movement against Israeli. Almost all present in the audience were students. One of the organizers did not want their photo taken yet they videotaped everyone. Many members were there from Jewish groups and the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapters from other colleges and similar clubs wearing white tee shirts with black lettering. NY 12 covered the story along with the college newspapers.
New articles and video on the event:
Brooklyn College is facing some criticism for allowing a student group to host a speaker that the Anti-Defamation League describes as anti-Semitic …NY 12 video http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/brooklyn-college-faces-criticism-for-hosting-alleged-anti-semitic-journalist-ben-white-1.6440343
BC professor at MTSU speech addresses Arab-American struggles
Israel and its apologists can no longer defend the country on its merits, instead they must try to suppress debate from Mondoweiss
In yesterday’s New York Daily News, Tammi Rossman-Benjamin scurrilously attacks Brooklyn College President Karen Gould and the university’s Political