The proverbial shit hit the fan when Brooklyn College Political Science department announced sponsorship of a BDS (that's not a type-o but Boycott, Divest and Sanctions against Israel occupation of Palestine) event featuring Judith Butler. Butler has been a vocal critic of Israeli apartheid since 2003 when she penned an article titled "No, It's Not Anti-Semitic," a piece in response to Larry Summers (yeah that Larry Summers) that being critical of Israel is not anti-Semitic.
New York politicians all angling for their next official seat (especially mayor of New York) including disappointing lesbian Christine Quinn, and said progressive Bill De Blasio have jumped on the bandwagon in criticizing the college. Fearing to upset pro-Israel voting blocs that make a difference in this town this current crop of politicians have all did the duck and cover by signing onto an open letter against Brooklyn college president basically demanding academic censorship.
Thankfully the Political Science department is not backing down and in fact called the bluff on critics by saying that no alternative speaker representing another view has come forward to participate in this particular event, but if anyone should they are open to including them. You can be sure Quinn and De Blasio will continue to fling their criticisms from the safety of their arm-chairs.
If you were planning on attending the event this Thursday you maybe out of luck the RSVP has been filled and now closed to the public. So kids use your CUNY ID's and get there early for a seat.
Watch Chris Hayes break it down on his show: