There once was a guy, let’s call him Tony Kushner, who was about to be honored by a University. But an ardent and vitriolic supporter of the modern secular state of Israel got wind of some things Mr Kushner had once said about Israel with which he disagreed. So he appealed to the board and they put the honor on hold.
Such is the power of the ‘support Israel or else’ community. It can even twist arms at Universities (where academic freedom, though frequently announced, is seldom if ever really practiced) and have its way.
But now it seems that the arm twisting has backfired.
The chairman of the City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees released a public statement today, calling for the board to reconsider its decision to deny an honorary degree to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner. On Monday May 2, the board voted to “table” the awarding of the proposed degree, igniting a firestorm of controversy from around the world.
But thankfully Mr Kushner has some sense of self respect and he has refused to accept any honor from a University which can be so easily manipulated by Zionist pressure. And here’s the good part-
In a 3-page letter sent to the Board of Trustees on May 4, subsequently published by multiple news outlets, Kushner provided a strongly-worded and detailed rebuttal to Wiesenfeld’s statements.
“Trustee Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld delivered a grotesque caricature of my political beliefs regarding the state of Israel, concocted out of three carefully cropped, contextless quotes taken from interviews I’ve given, the mention of my name on the blog of someone with whom I have no connection whatsoever, and the fact that I serve on the advisory board of a political organization with which Mr. Wiesenfeld strongly disagrees.”
In the letter, Kushner derided the other members of the 12-person board for not speaking up on his behalf, asserting that he was never notified that Wiesenfeld was going to speak against him. “I’m not a difficult person to find,” Kushner wrote, “nor am I lacking in articulate colleagues and friends who would have responded.”
Kushner also cited the breadth of his involvement with Jewish organizations, mentioning his long-standing affiliations with the 92nd Street Y, the Jewish Museum, and the Upper West Side JCC, and explicitly refers to his position on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization whose members have, in the past, called for a boycott of Israel.
Kushner explains that, while he disagrees with the organization on “a number of issues, including the boycott,” he maintains that “the women and men of JVP are courageous, committed people who work very hard serving the interests of peace and justice and the Jewish people, and I’m honored by my association with them.”
Kushner notes that he originally accepted the offer of an honorary degree because he was impressed with the students and teachers at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the school that planned to award it to him, but he “did not expect to be publicly defamed as a result.”
Good for him. And SHAME on CUNY for being so incredibly weak minded. And shame on Zionists for being more than willing to lie, misrepresent, and dishonor simply in order to have their way. It’s authentically disgusting.