September 17, 2014 | post a comment | Peter Beinart
By day, I’m a professor: I teach graduate students at the City University of New York (CUNY). Last Friday night, those students – via the Doctoral Students Council that represents them – almost voted to boycott universities in Israel.
It’s worth reading the boycott resolution. Paragraph fifteen says the Doctoral Students Council opposes “ethnic or religious discrimination.” How reassuring. For the Council, evidently, holding a debate on boycotting Israeli universities over Shabbat doesn’t constitute “religious discrimination.” (Last Friday in New York City, Shabbat began at 6:51pm. The debate lasted until 9:30pm). Nor, presumably, would holding a debate on disability rights on the seventh floor of a building with no elevator.
Thankfully, the resolution’s opponents – those of whom who weren’t at home or synagogue observing Shabbat – convinced the audience on Friday night to postpone the vote.