A NYC legislator stops money from a Jewish museum, after perceived DeSantis snub

A NYC legislator stops money from a Jewish museum, after perceived DeSantis snub

A NYC legislator stops money from a Jewish museum, after perceived DeSantis snub
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A legislator in New York City has claimed that she will withhold discretionary funds from a Jewish museum.

According to her, it allegedly ignored Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

One of five Republican municipal politicians, Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, stated on Sunday that she would withhold a $5,000 payment to the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

She had planned to deliver when the museum denied the Republican governor a speaking engagement.

In a letter explaining her decision, Vernikov said, “The Museum of Jewish Heritage, an institution that professes to promote tolerance and inclusion, forbids Gov. Ron DeSantis from attending an event on their premises.”

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“This move should send a strong message to the leadership of the museum: DO NOT politicize the Holocaust!” the councilwoman added.

“Just teach it,” she said.

“Shame on the Museum of Jewish Heritage for politicizing their institution by banning Gov. Ron DeSantis, friend of Jews/Israel!” Hikind wrote.

“It’s divisive and only harms the museum!”

He added: “I won’t visit again until the ban is rescinded and you shouldn’t either!”

The Museum of Jewish Heritage released a statement, saying the WSJ op-ed contained “many factual inaccuracies, including fictionalized quotes.”

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The statement added, it was never a “free speech or censorship issue,” and it was “simply a contractual and logistical decision.”

 

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