HIKIND CALLS ON NYC COUNCIL, QUEENS BORO PRESIDENT TO STOP FUNDING QUEENS MUSEUM FOLLOWING BDS-LIKE COUP
HISTORICAL EVENT CANCELED FOLLOWING PALESTINIAN PRESSURE
NYS Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on members of the NYC Council and Queens Boro President Melinda Katz to stop funding the Queens Museum following the museum’s BDS-like ban of an Israeli event. The Queens Museum had agreed to host a reenactment of the United Nation’s 1947 vote for the establishment of the State of Israel following a request from Israel’s Ambassador Danny Danon. The event was scheduled for November 29th but the museum has rescinded its decision due to pressure from Palestinian activists and BDS supporters.
“The canceling of this event on the grounds that it is ‘political’ is beyond outrageous,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “This event commemorates a historical event, not a political one. The only thing that’s political is the canceling of the event, which is nothing less than a cultural boycott.”
The Jerusalem Post reports that following an investigation by Danon’s staff, it was found that the museum’s President and Executive Director Laura Raicovich has an anti-Israel track record: she edited Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency and Cultural Production, which justifies and endorses the BDS movement’s actions against Israel.
“The State of New York has made it clear that the BDS movement is unacceptable,” said Hikind. “I am calling on members of the NYC Council who have funded the Queens Museum–Council Members Vallone, Grodenchik, Crowley and Koslowitz among them–and Queens Boro President Katz to pull their support of this museum until this blatant anti-Semite Ms. Raicovich is removed.”