WIBC Morning Host Tony Katz has often discussed the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement – better known as BDS – and how it has manifested in universities all across the nation, not just liberal hot beds like California.
Following a speaking engagement at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Author and lecturer Dr. Asaf Romirowsky joined Tony for a two part conversation about BDS and the consequences for students who question the ideals of those involved with the BDS movement. Dr. Romirowsky and Tony agreed that dissenters of any religion – not just Jewish – risk being ostracized, which defeats the university’s number one priority of academic freedom:
Tony: You’ve got Jewish students who get ostracized, then you have all students – if they somehow question this idea of what BDS is offering – they then get ostracized for utilizing their minds.
[This] keeps the college campus from being a place where there’s free thought and the free exchange of ideas. It’s about repressing that very concept of what college should be.
Dr. Romirowsky: Agreed. [College] is a place to learn. It’s not supposed to be a place of a monolithic school of thought. You’re supposed to get a well- balanced education, and that’s part of the biggest problem I see as an academic myself: the unfortunate lack of balance within many of these topics (like Israel) where people are only getting a one-sided agenda.