NY Mayor Bloomberg backs college's holding of BDS panel

February 7, 2013 03:13

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday rejected suggestions by city politicians and Jewish groups that a panel discussion on boycotts and sanctions against Israel at Brooklyn College scheduled for Thursday be canceled.

“If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea,” The New York Times quoted Bloomberg as saying in a news conference at City Hall.

The New York mayor stated that, while he personally "couldn't disagree more violently" with the BDS movement, a university should be free to hold a discussion on any topic it wants.

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