January 31, 2014
Earlier this month, we reported that there were two pieces of legislation in the New York Senate designed to punish schools which refused to support Israel. Both of the pieces of legislation were introduced by Jews. As it tuns out, the more extreme piece of legislation was passed first.
The legislation, approved Tuesday in a 56-4 vote, bans state funding to colleges that fund organizations boycotting “countries that host higher education institutions chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.”
A number of New York-based universities have Israel branches.
The bill does not mention Israel, but its sponsor, state Senator Jeffrey Klein – in a statement quoted by the news site Mondoweiss – made clear that academic boycotts of Israel were what led him to introduce the legislation.
“I will not allow the enemies of Israel or the Jewish people to gain an inch in New York,” Mondoweiss quoted Klein, a Democrat representing the Bronx and Westchester County, as saying. “The First Amendment protects every organization’s right to speak, but it never requires taxpayers to foot the bill.”
A similar bill introduced in the state Assembly this month by Speaker Sheldon Silver has 48 sponsors among the chamber’s 150 members. Silver said he initiated the measure “in response to the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel and its academic institutions.”
The ASA, one of three U.S. academic groupings to boycott Israeli academic institutions last year, said the legislation was an attack on free speech.
The stated reasons, of course, for not wishing to fund the Jew state is that they are committing atrocities and human rights violations against the indigenous people of their alleged holy land.
The fact that Jews believe it is a crime to not give them money demonstrates the level of delusion they suffer.