Inna Vernikov is dragging CUNY Law School funding beyond Israel’s stance

A Brooklyn councilwoman is withdrawing $50,000 in funding from CUNY Law School after her faculty board approved a resolution supporting the pro-Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel.

Inna Vernikov, a Ukrainian-born Jew who represents a handful of heavily Jewish neighborhoods in south Brooklyn, has accused CUNY law professors of promoting anti-Semitism by supporting the BDS movement against the Jewish state.

“I withdrew the funding from the program and redirected it to Legal Services NYC,” Vernikov told The Post on Friday.

“It seems as if anti-Semitism is the only politically acceptable form of racism there is. We have to stop handing out free tickets to anti-Semites like candy,” said Wernikow.

The money was earmarked for CUNY Law to provide unpaid services to those in need in their district.

Gerard Filitti issued a statement that CUNY was infected with anti-Semitism.
Lawfare Project’s Gerard Filitti said CUNY was infected with anti-Semitism.
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The CUNY School of Law Justice and Auxiliary Service, staffed by its alumni, has provided legal assistance to hundreds of constituents in Council District 48 over the past 15 years – thanks to funding provided at the discretion of Council members.

She said CUNY professors are hypocrites, attacking Israel over disputed lands with Palestinians while ignoring other countries “that actually commit cruel human rights abuses, including but not limited to genocide, rape, torture and persecution.”

“At a time when anti-Semitic hate crimes are increasing by 300%, it is incumbent on our academic institutions to do everything in their power to protect their Jewish and pro-Israel students and not pass resolutions that put them directly at risk.” bring,” said the city councilwoman.

Supporters of the Jewish state applauded Vernikov and said more of New York’s elected officials should withdraw their support from CUNY until it stops condoning what it sees as Jewish hatred and discrimination.

The money was earmarked for CUNY Law to provide unpaid services to those in need in their district.
The $50,000 was earmarked for CUNY Law to provide free services to those in need.
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“The CUNY system appears to be infected with systemic antisemitism that affects the ability of Jewish faculty and students to exercise and enjoy basic civil rights. Councilwoman Vernikov’s action to debunk this hatred is very significant, and more elected officials must have the courage to do so,” said Gerard Filitti, senior counsel of the Lawfare Project, a Jewish civil rights group.

“If other minorities were targeted with the bigotry faced by Jewish students and faculty at CUNY, there would be a public outcry demanding accountability, consequences and change. The Jewish community deserves no less.”

CUNY Law had no immediate comment.

The CUNY School of Law Justice and Auxiliary Service, staffed by its alumni, has provided legal aid for the past fifteen years.
The CUNY School of Law Justice and Auxiliary Service has been providing legal services for over fifteen years.
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CUNY law professors voted May 12 to support the BDS resolution previously passed by the school’s Student Government Association last December, a law school spokesman confirmed last week.

The vote came the day before a pro-Palestinian student speaker slammed Israel during her opening speech at the CUNY Law graduation ceremony.

The resolution covers the disputed Israeli-held territories in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Supporters of the Jewish state applauded Vernikov and said more of New York's elected officials should withdraw their support for CUNY.
Supporters of the Jewish state applauded Vernikov and said more of New York’s elected officials should withdraw their support for CUNY.
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“The incessant military occupation and colonization of Palestine by the State of Israel is a manifestation of both settler-colonialism and structural racism, which is politically, financially and militarily supported by the United States,” the resolution reads.

The resolution called for CUNY to sever ties with Israel and accused the school of being “directly involved in the ongoing apartheid, genocide and war crimes committed by Israel through its investments in and contracts with Israel-benefit companies.” State of Israel committing war crimes against the Palestinian people.”

The group called on the school to end student exchange programs with Israel and join the boycott divest sanctions movement against the nation.

The Israeli-Palestinian dispute has raged among faculty and students at several campuses at the City University of New York in recent years. Students on both sides claim they faced bullying and discrimination, and CUNY even commissioned a study into complaints of harassment from Jewish students, although it concluded that much of the offensive language spewed is protected by free speech.

Meanwhile, CUNY administrators — including Chancellor Felix Matos Rodriguez and campus presidents — have recently returned from a mission to Israel. The mission was co-funded by the New York Jewish Community Relations Council and is a clear indication that CUNY Brass is opposed to the BDS movement.

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