BROOKLYN - Brooklyn College is facing some criticism for allowing a student group to host a speaker that the Anti-Defamation League describes as anti-Semitic.

The Students for Justice in Palestine invited journalist and activist Ben White to speak at the college, where he described Israel as an apartheid state for its treatment of Palestinians. The event was sponsored by the political science and sociology departments.

The Anti-Defamation League says the school's sponsorship of the event is beyond the pale, describing White as an unabashed hater of Israel. Students who organized the discussion say White's appearance had nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

Brooklyn College responded to the criticism in a statement saying that in the interest of free speech, the school cannot censure or ban speakers who have been invited by a duly constituted student organization, even if they strongly disagree with the content.