Lowering the stakes of that lecture at Brooklyn College

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An upcoming lecture at Brooklyn College by two advocates of boycotting and divesting from Israel has sparked a series of protests from local elected officials.

Yesterday, City Councilman Lew Fidler took the criticism further than most of his colleagues did, announcing that he would not help the school secure extra funding in the future.

The editorial page of the Daily News, which is pro-Israel and has been critical of the school for scheduling the lecture, said that threat goes too far: "The threat is understandable and wrong-headed. As odious as Thursday’s planned so-called BDS gabfest will be, politicians should avoid using money as a hammer against even an abuse of academic freedom on this level."

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