Protesting an anti-Israel resolution that also promoted BDS, around 50 City University of New York professors have left their union, demanding a reversal of the blatantly pro-Palestinian stance.
Leading the protesting professors was Yedidyah Langsam, the chairman of Brooklyn’s College’s Computer and Information Science Department, who launched the appeal to other faculty to resign from the union. He said the resolution made Jewish faculty feel unsafe.
The resolution was first passed on June 10 amidst the heightened Israel-Gaza conflict that took place the previous month. It biasedly referred to Israel’s “establishment as a settler-colonial state in 1948″, which is an often used language used to reject Israel’s existence as a Jewish state.
Furthermore, the measure describes the events leading up to the renewed fighting in May and during the conflict only in terms of Israeli attacks without referencing Hamas attacks on Israel, making it sound like Israel was the sole perpetrator. In reality, Hamas, the terrorist group that controls the Gaza strip, launched the Gaza portion of the conflict with a barrage of rocket attacks on May 9, which set off the conflict.
The resolution also calls on the union to consider joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.
In a letter addressed to James Davis, president of the Professional Staff Congress, Langsam said, “By endorsing this resolution you have made many Jewish faculty and students uncomfortable with being associated with Brooklyn College and CUNY to the point of fearing for our safety. Have you and your colleagues forgotten the exponential increase in anti-Semitic attacks against Jews in the NY City area?”
According to Davis, there is now an ongoing effort to bring back the disaffected professors soon.