News Briefs: NYU Student Government Passes BDS Resolution, Celebrities Tricked Into Recording Anti-Semitic Messages and More


Pro-BDS Resolution Passed by NYU Student Government During Chanukah Vote

New York University’s student government passed a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution on Dec. 6 that called for the university to separate its interests from firms doing business with Israel, reported.

The vote was conducted during the fifth night of Chanukah via secret ballot, with 35 votes supporting the measure, 14 against and 14 abstaining. The measure was supported by 51 campus groups and 34 faculty members.

“It is deeply disappointing that SGA passed a resolution that is so one-sided and discriminatory,” said Ron Krudo, executive director of campus affairs at StandWithUs. “I’m proud of the students who worked so hard to stand up for themselves in the face of a fundamentally undemocratic student government process.”

Celebrities, Including Brett Favre, Tricked into Recording Anti-Semitic Messages

Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre was among celebrities duped into recording videos containing coded anti-Semitic messages, JTA reported.

The videos were made on a platform called Cameo, where users pay celebrities to record personalized messages. A group called the Goyim Defense League (GDL) is behind the videos, BuzzFeed News reported. A person who books on Cameo submits instructions for what the celebrity should say.

“Brett Favre here with a shoutout to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys,” Favre said in the video, according to BuzzFeed. “You guys are patriots in my eyes. So keep waking them up and don’t let the small get you down. Keep fighting, too, and don’t ever forget the USS Liberty and the men and women who died on that day. God bless and take care.”

Favre received $500 for the video, but apologized and said he thought the video was in support of U.S. troops. He said he donated the fee to charities that fight hate and bigotry.

“Since I match service dogs with military veterans who have PTSD, I assumed that the request stemmed from my interest in veterans affairs and recorded the message,” Favre wrote on Facebook. “A few days later, I was distressed to learn that the request came from an anti-Semitic group that reposted my video with comments implying that I endorsed their mission. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

Actor Andy Dick and rapper Soulja Boy were other celebrities recording GDL videos.

Miami Cop Suspended After Seen on Video Throwing Sacred Text Into Back of Truck

The Miami Police Department suspended a sergeant who was seen on video tossing a wooden box engraved with a Star of David and a copy of the Tanakh into a pickup truck and calling them crap, JTA reported.

“Taking out the trash, dawg,” Sgt. Roberto Destephan, a 13-year veteran of the force, said on the video. He serves as vice president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police.

The department is investigating the incident.

“The actions of this employee were found to be inconsistent with the mission and values of our department,” Chief Jorge R. Colina said in a statement. “I would like to reassure our citizens of all faiths that we stand in solidarity with them.”

The Miami FOP said the video was years old and “heavily edited” and described it as “political blackmail.”


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