- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner has been awarded an honorary degree from the City University of New York, which initially decided to withhold it after a trustee accused him of being anti-Israel.

Trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld blasted Kushner as “a Jewish anti-Semite.” CUNY later backtracked under a barrage of criticism.

Kushner accepted the degree at Friday’s John Jay College commencement ceremony. He told students that there’s injustice everywhere in a world where slavery masquerades as freedom and they must respond to the world’s cries for help.

Kushner has said that while he’s been critical of Israel’s actions in the West Bank and Gaza, he unconditionally supports Israel’s right to exist.

A handful of protesters gathered outside the event to denounce Kushner.

Kushner won a Pulitzer for the play “Angels in America.”

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