NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An event at a local college that stirred controversy over its subject and speakers went off calmly despite a recent furor.
Brooklyn College was criticized for hosting a lecture Thursday night by anti-Israel speakers.READ MORE: New York City Rolls Out $100 Incentive For Getting Vaccinated As CDC Report Warns Delta Variant As Contagious As Chicken Pox
The speakers talked about using boycotts, divestment and sanctions to pressure Israel on how it treats Palestinian rights. The audience of roughly 200 people was mainly supportive. About 40 people protested the event outside.
The talk was co-sponsored by several campus groups and the political science department. Critics have said the department should not be among the sponsors.READ MORE: Broadway Vaccine Mandate: Audiences Must Be Vaccinated And Masked; Performers, Crew And Staff Required To Be Vaccinated
The college has said sponsorship is not the same thing as an endorsement.
Brooklyn College is part of the City University of New York.
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