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A New York City politician has announced she is withholding discretionary funds from a Jewish museum after saying it snubbed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, one of five GOP city councilors, said in a statement Sunday that she would withhold a $5,000 donation she had previously planned to give to the Museum of Jewish Heritage after claiming the museum had forbidden the Republican governor to speak.
“The Museum of Jewish Heritage, an institution committed to promoting tolerance and inclusion, is excluding Governor Ron DeSantis from attending any event on its premises,” Vernikov said in a letter explaining his decision.
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“This decision should send a strong message to museum management: DO NOT politicize the Holocaust! added the counselor in the letter. “You just have to teach it.
Vernikov’s tweet was accompanied by an opening statement from former New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who also condemned the museum.
“Shame on the Museum of Jewish Heritage for politicizing their institution by banning Governor Ron DeSantis, a stellar governor and friend of Jews/Israel!” Hikind wrote with a Wall Street Journal op-ed initially claiming the museum banned DeSantis. “It divides and only harms the museum! »
He added: “I won’t be back until the ban is lifted and neither should you!”
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The money Councilwoman Vernikov, a Ukrainian-American Jew, decided to withdraw from the museum is part of $700,000 in city funds she is expected to donate to New York City organizations over the course of the fiscal year 2023, reported the New York Post.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage issued a statement challenging the alleged ban, saying the WSJ editorial contained “numerous factual inaccuracies, including fictitious quotes.”
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“No one has been banned or canceled,” the museum wrote.
No one has been banned or canceled. Read our full statement on a factually inaccurate opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal @wsj regarding a rental application that was refused. pic.twitter.com/GgsLrHlQrG
— MuseumJewishHeritage (@MJHnews) May 6, 2022
He went on to say that it was never a “free speech or censorship issue”, and was “simply a contractual and logistical decision”. The museum has welcomed Governor DeSantis and other elected officials from all political backgrounds to visit.
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