NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg is speaking up for the cause of academic freedom amid controversy over an upcoming event at Brooklyn College.

The BDS Movement, a pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel group which has called for boycotts and sanctions against Israel, was invited to speak at the school’s student center on Thursday, Feb. 7.

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Bloomberg said Wednesday he “couldn’t disagree more violently” with their viewpoint.

But he also very strongly agrees with an academic institution’s right to sponsor a forum on any topic of its choice.

One city councilman has suggested he’d withhold support for funding for Brooklyn College if the event moves forward.

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Bloomberg says politicians shouldn’t try to use their purse-string power to micromanage discourse at public institutions.

The college says it will hear other viewpoints in coming weeks. The event is sponsored partly by the political science department.

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