New York Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted Tuesday afternoon that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may ask the City University of New York to remove anti-Israel activist Linda Sarsour as its commencement speaker. (RELATED: Taxpayer-Funded College Hosts Sharia-Loving Commencement Speaker With Ties To Terror Group)
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) April 25, 2017
“She is someone who associates with radical Islamists; supports them; shows support for them. She is someone who has said, clearly, she thinks throwing rocks at cars in Israel is a good thing,” Hikind told CBS News New York Friday, referencing a 2015 tweet of Sarsour’s showing a Palestinian boy throwing rocks at Israelis. “I mean, it’s just nuts. It makes no sense. It’s crazy to have this woman be the person who’s going to speak to the students.”
Hikind argued that CUNY, a taxpayer funded school, should never have extended the invitation to Sarsour in the first place. Initial attempts to pressure CUNY to disinvite Sarsour were negated.
“The program has not changed,” CUNY School of Public Health Dean Ayman El-Mohandes told CBS on Friday.
Sarsour was praised by New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a Time Magazine piece the senator wrote. (RELATED: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Profiles Linda Sarsour For ‘Time 100’ — Gets Demolished On Twitter)
However, despite calls to retract her complimentary piece of Sarsour, Gillibrand continues to support Sarsour. (RELATED:Gillibrand Doesn’t Want To Talk About Anti-Israel Activist She Praised [AUDIO])