Funds Cut From City Program for CUNY Law After Faculty Backs Israel Boycott - Maccabee Task Force

Fifty-thousand dollars in funding for the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School were reappropriated after its faculty endorsed a student measure backing the campaign to boycott Israel, the New York Post reported on Friday.

The step was taken by New York City Council member for the 48th District, Inna Vernikov, who revealed she had pulled funds designated for the university to offer legal services in her district, and redirected them to a legal nonprofit.

“It seems as if antisemitism is the only politically acceptable form of racism which exists. We must stop handing out free passes to antisemites like candy,” Vernikov, a Jew and native of Ukraine, told the Post.

“During a time when antisemitic hate crimes are up by 300%, it is incumbent upon our academic institutions to do everything in their power to protect their Jewish and pro-Israel students, not pass resolutions which directly place them in harm’s way,” the Brooklyn council member said.