Simon Wiesenthal Center Denounces CUNY School of Public Health Choice of Linda Sarsour to Speak at its Graduation Ceremony

May 30, 2017

The Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced CUNY School of Public Health’s invitation to Linda Sarsour (pictured) to its June 1st commencement.

What message is CUNY sending to its graduates?” asked Rabbi Abraham Cooper Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a leading Jewish Human Rights NGO. “That a feminist who degrades other women who disagree with her positions is worthy of emulating? That an enthusiastic supporter of Palestinian violence against Israelis is a worthy role model? That a person who lauds a terrorist who murdered two college students in a supermarket possesses good life-long advice for graduates?”

“This is a time when we need renewed efforts to bring about dialogue between the Arab World and the Jewish State. What we need today are more voices of reconciliation, not verbal arsonists who spout hatred against the country that is home to 6 million Jews,” Rabbi Cooper added.

Wiesenthal Center officials added that the CUNY invitation comes at a time of increased anti-Semitism on many campuses across the US.

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