New York Senator Moves to Defund Student Groups That Oppose Israel

Republican state Sen. Jacks Martins says "hate speech" such as calling for a boycott of Israel has no place on campus.



Continuing Gov. Andrew Cuomo's crusade against New Yorkers who don't support Israel, state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Nassau County) wants to ban public colleges and universities from funding pro-Palestinian student groups. A new bill sponsored by Martins would require state and city schools to defund any campus organization that supports efforts to "boycott, divest from, and sanction" (BDS) Israel over its treatment of Palestinians. The BDS movement has become popular on U.S. and U.K. campuses. 

Martins' bill would also prohibit the funding of campus groups that support economic boycotts of any American-allied nation, although this bit seems designed to distract from his true goal: preventing anti-Israel sentiment on campus. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Martins referred to calls to boycott Israel as "hate speech" and "anti-Semitism" and said the state legislature has "no choice but to step in and prevent taxpayer dollars being used to promote" such sentiment. 

It's unlikely that Martins' bill would pass constitutional muster. Selectively banning boycott-advocacy depending on the target is the essence of illegal content-based prohibitions on student speech. Regardless, it's interesting, if wholly unsurprising, to see an authoritarian like Sen. Martins appropriate progressives' pet term, "hate speech," to justify his restriction on progressive speech. 

Martins went on to refer to students using their freedom of expression to push peaceful, market-based advocacy against Israel as "anti-freedom and anti-capitalism." (What's that saying about pots and kettles again?) 

Earlier this month, Gov. Cuomo issued an executive order barring state agencies from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. "If you boycott Israel, New York will boycott you," the governor stated.

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  1. Leftists never believe their crap will ever be used against them. They rally about all the stuff they consider hate speech, and now not wanting to do business with Israel is “hate speech”.

    1. Well, except for all the leftists who think Israel is the evilest thing ever. This may be a case of their crap being used against them.

    2. In California, they defund student groups that don’t denounce Israel.

  2. We should defund all student groups.

    1. This right here.

    2. Yeah, let them do car washes or bake sales and shit if they want money.

  3. I am totally appropriating that “raised fist of solidarity” gesture and using it for everything now.

    “Hey Gilmore, you want to get baked and play mini golf?”

    (raised fist)

    1. (raised fist)

    2. Gilmore, here is a link to use when you want to spread your message of Power to the People. (Sort of NSFW).

  4. I really hate this. Note that Andrew Cuomo has also fought against any boycott of Israel despite the fact that Cuomo himself *led a boycott of North Carolina over their trans bathroom law.*

    The state should not be saying which boycotts by citizens are legitimate and which aren’t.

    1. Boycotts should be legal, taxed and regulated!

      1. Safe, legal, and rare!

        1. And no boycotts allowed after the law has been in place for 3 months.

    2. Not all boycotts are created equal.

  5. As much as I think liberals supporting BDS is absolutely fucking retarded, this is pretty much the same amount of fucking retarded.

  6. Meanwhile, Russian hackers got into the DNC computer system and stole opposition research on Trump.

    Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.

    The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

    The intrusion into the DNC was one of several targeting American political organizations. The networks of presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were also targeted by Russian spies, as were the computers of some GOP political action committees, U.S. officials said. But details on those cases were not available.

    But I am sure there is no way they hacked Hillary’s private server. And I wonder what else they stole that the DNC doesn’t want to talk about.

    1. Sordid email exchanges between Bernie and Hill, no doubt.

      1. And a long nasty note from Humah telling Bernie to leave Hillary alone.


        1. It’s not a Humah!

          1. GODDAMMIT!

            1. *consoles __Warren__*

            2. Yeeeeeaaaaaah, suck it, Warren!

              *gyrates hips furiously in Warren’s direction*

        2. “You know these things that happen in your life that just stick? She walked by and she shook my hand and our eyes connected and I just remember having this moment where I thought; “Wow, this is amazing,”‘ said Abedin.

          ‘And it just inspired me. You know, I still remember the look on her face. And it’s funny, and she would probably be so annoyed that I say this, but I remember thinking; “Oh my God, she’s so beautiful and she’s so little!”‘

          1. Will to power is a potent brew.

          2. That goes for you too Crusty



          3. You’re not fooling me, that’s SF.

          4. You seem stuck on the first two paragraphs of your erotic novel

            1. Perhaps he should hire a more experienced writer to ghost write it for him, similar to how Obama hired Bill Ayers to ghost write his autobiographies. Perhaps SugarFree’s services are available for hire?

          5. “Later, after the Rohypnol wore off…”

    2. John, its nothing but a third rate burglary……

    3. gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump

      Just a single database, huh? That’s surprising.

      1. Trump is a teetotaler whose only vice seems to be trading in his wife on a newer model every few years. I seriously doubt there is any dirt to be found. The guy has been in public life for 30 years. Everything is pretty much known at this point.

        1. You underestimate their creativity. More info = more ammo. I’m sure once the final campaign gets going we can look forward to several months of daily “discoveries” of scandalous things he said or did during that time.

    4. Opposition research on Trump hasn’t exactly been working so far.

  7. “Resistance is justified from Furgeson to Gaza” really tells you everything you need to know about campus protests: they’re a grab-bag of half-baked causes du jour, more about making an excuse for self-aggrandizing “primal scream therapy” than achieving anything remarkable.

  8. Wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t wouldn’t would would.

    1. You’re counting from left to right, aren’t you.

    2. I actually went to look and laughed out loud.

      1. I’m impressed he took the time to count how many wouldn’ts he needed

        1. I am disappointed you would expect anything less

        2. It isn’t as impressive as you think Irish. Crusty simply increments his count by 1 for every person in that picture, so it really isn’t that bad.

          He doesn’t use the same formula as you, where all the brown people only count as 3/5th. And that is just assuming that you are going with the old 3/5th compromise as a hard and fast rule. Maybe you complicate it even more by pro-rating that number based on the darkness of their skin?


          1. Irish likes his coffee like he likes his racism – all-encompassing and super complicated.

  9. So is Israel lobbying NY lawmakers to silence its critics, or are these guys worried about losing the Jewish vote, or do they just have some weird authoritarian boner for squashing dissent?

    1. It’s a beautiful bill, you see! So elegant! One bill that does so many, many things!

      1. It’s a floor wax, and a kosher dessert topping!

    2. Probably a mix of all of the above. It’s New York so Jews are important voters, Israel lobbies extremely hard, and NY politicians are the scum of the earth

      1. You know who else was an anti-semitic racist?

    3. Its also more complex than it might seem.

      the NYC area might have a lot of super-lefty jewish groups, but they’re offset by more-conservative/pro-israel jewish communities in Long Island and Westchester.

      its ultimately just internecine squabbling; the one thing they all agree about is having lots of taxing and spending, and using the spending to try and control what other people can say/do.

  10. It’s unlikely that Martins’ bill would pass constitutional muster.

    It’s New York, so it probably could get through the state court system. Here we can go to prison for carrying a knife purchased at Home Depot.

    1. There is a simple solution to that problem.

      1. Hitler?

    2. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. We should probably consider everything banned, just to be on the safe side.

  12. Can you imagine a defunding war? Where rightwingers defund leftists and the leftists defund each other? I mean, defunding taken down to a granular level. Where every individual withholds funds from every other individual based on whatever batshit insane and vapid criteria the twittersphere tells them they should use.


    1. This may be our best opportunity for libertopia

      1. There’s no opportunity like crisitunity.

  13. Everyone has a right to free speech. Do they have a right to have the state fund their speech?

    1. Unless the state funds their speech they’ll be shut down by the KKKochspiracy.

    2. It doesn’t count as a right unless it entails wealth transfer to a preferred group.

  14. Somewhat OT:

    I was trying to find more of my favorite brand of Hummus (Tribe) so naturally I googled “tribe hummus”, hoping to find either local stores or people who sold it online. It’s a perishable good, so I guess I shouldn’t have expected much. To my unpleasant surprise, the results were littered with BDS bullshit.

    What in the utter fuck, Google? I realize it might be a niche matter, and of course anyone can do SEO with a little know-how, but why do I find more results about “Israeli brutality” than hummus?

    Fucking politics.

    1. Hummus with 40 Spices? Ermahgerd I love that stuff. Used to be able to buy it in town, but now the only place I can find it is Jungle Jim’s in Cincy.


  15. Wow I expect this shit from the progtards, not from the righttards.

    Oh, wait – yes I do.

    SURPRISE! Leftists! Hoist by your own retard!

    I enjoy watching them all attempt to destroy each other. So long as I don’t get caught in the crossfire. Which is never, so….


  16. What do we want?


    When do we want it?


  17. Both sides are trying to start a war on speech as the drug war winds down. (And yes the drug war was supported by both sides too.) It’s almost like we’re robots programmed to pick fights with each other about anything and everything. Next we will pick fights with those who say we are just trying to pick fights with them. A “War on Picking Fights!”

    1. Stability breeds fragility.

  18. I am very pro-Israel, though I do agree with most here that Cuomo’s stance was wrong. Private American citizens are free (or at least should be) to fund whatever political position they want and not have the govt come in and punish them for it. Even for those as vile as BDS movement.
    However, this specific bill would (as I understand it) prevent these groups from receiving public funds from the public colleges and universities. What is the latest on this, can a Christian group who specifically opposes same-sex marriage be “defunded”? How about the student branch of the KKK?

  19. Regardless, it’s interesting, if wholly unsurprising, to see an authoritarian like Sen. Martins appropriate progressives’ pet term, “hate speech,”…

    Minor nit: Progressives are authoritarians, so not sure what distinction was being made here. Although I suppose it could be argued that not authoritarians are progressives, but I haven’t met a progressive yet that wasn’t an authoritarian.

  20. “Regardless, it’s interesting, if wholly unsurprising, to see an authoritarian like Sen. Martins appropriate progressives’ pet term, “hate speech,” to justify his restriction on progressive speech.”

    Whereupon the progressives will now be led to see the error of their ways and will immediately disavow any attempt to restrict free expression and speech, recognizing that diminution of anybody’s liberty hurts everybody.

    In other news, the Tooth Fairy exists!

    1. Or they can just focus on bullying the opposition by shouting over them and rioting.

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