DeSantis Banned From NY Holocaust Memorial

According to a Thursday Wall Street Journal editorial (Ron DeSantis Is Persona Non-Grata at a Holocaust Memorial) by Elliott Abrams and Eric Cohen, who lead the Jewish non-profit Tikvah Fund, which describes itself as a “philanthropic and ideas institution,” the New York Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, Manhattan, has banned Florida Governor Ron DeSantis from speaking at June’s Jewish Leadership Conference.

“A few years ago, we helped launch the Jewish Leadership Conference, an annual gathering to consider the challenges facing the Jewish people and Israel,” Abrams (who served in foreign policy positions under presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump) and Cohen (the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007) write.

“We thought it would be interesting to invite Gov. Ron DeSantis to discuss how the ‘Florida model’ has contributed to the growth and vitality of Jewish life in his state. The event was to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City. Until, as the saying goes, we got canceled,” they continued.

They lament: “…we know things are bad when a Jewish institution—in this case, a museum whose purpose is to keep Jewish heritage alive by remembering the Holocaust—turns on its own and tries to make a virtue of its own intolerance.”

Abrams and Cohen reveal that “when pressed for a further explanation of why our event was canceled, the museum’s CEO adopted a common form of doublespeak: We don’t do politics, he told us, whether left or right.” Apparently, that was Museum CEO Jack Kliger’s way of handling this embarrassment. Kliger’s successful career in media began in the mid-70s, at the Village Voice. He later became publisher of GQ Magazine and Conde Nast Publications, and Executive President of Parade Publications.

“Not surprisingly, this was false,” they push back. “In August 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, then a Democratic candidate for Congress, was a featured speaker at an event at the museum, sponsored by the Immigrant Arts Coalition. Her speech was widely covered in the news—both before and after the event—including public criticism of the museum for giving such a vociferous critic of Israel a prominent platform at a Jewish institution. Yet the event went on as planned.”

“The museum has hosted other politicians, including then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo and then-Mayor Bill de Blasio,” Abrams and Cohen point out. “In April the museum hosted a conversation with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who recently described America as a society plagued by white supremacy and lauded America’s re-entry into the anti-Israel Human Rights Commission.”

The two authors concluded: “The Jewish Leadership Conference won’t be canceled, and the governor of the state with America’s third-largest Jewish population will speak. We will hold our event as planned, at a different, secular venue. But it is sad to see that the misguided leadership of a Jewish museum won’t allow alternative ideas a seat at the Jewish table.”

Former NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind was outraged, tweeting: “Shame on the Museum of Jewish Heritage for politicizing their institution by banning Gov. Ron DeSantis, a stellar governor, and friend of Jews and Israel. It’s divisive and only harms the museum. I won’t visit again until the ban is rescinded and you shouldn’t either.”

Well, most Jews haven’t been showing up even before the scandal. Back in 2019, the NY Times reported that two decades after opening, the Museum of Jewish Heritage continued to have “lackluster attendance — 155,000 visitors a year — in a city with more than one million Jews.”
Who can blame them?

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  1. We do not really need anymore Jews in Florida who Insult Our Governor…..Period.

    It appears that the Jews, are Not against killing Unborn Children? They seem to believe in FREE SPEACH only when it Suits Them! They are always reminding us of the Holocaust but are not concerned about the Hundreds of Hundreds of Million Babies (Innocents) that have been Killed since Rowe V Wade? AMAZING!

    If I recall correctly, it was the Jews that had Jesus Crucified (tortured to death) because they did not Like what Jesus was saying?? I guess there wasn’t a FIRST AMENDMENT back then! Hypocrisy is inherent in the Democrat Party and it is the Jews that support them. Probably just a Coincidence?

  2. I’m not Jewish but I’ve been donating to many Jewish foundations simply because of the unimaginable atrocities to human life . That you would disallow the senator from Florida Mr. DeSantis to attend this ceremony is greatly disturbing, not only to myself but to millions of good people out there that “TRULY”
    Stand for justice. SHAME ON YOU for making this mistake , and SHAME ON YOU for saying this is not political, do you think the people out there are stupid??!! I WILL NO LONGER SEND MONEY to support your causes…it’s appalling to me that you have taken something that was so horrific and make this even more horrific by your intolerance .

  3. Astonishing! The Museum of Jewish Heritage;
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis; Banned From NY Holocaust Memorial?
    What has happened to the Jewish community?
    America, it’s Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for our representational government,
    should have a seat for any public person; within any institution, on our hallowed grounds.
    We are a free nation and weather they come to visit
    or just walk around a facility, no matter, a museum,
    park, business, or ANY PUBLIC PLACE.
    (and especially a nonprofit organization)
    Should be able to speak freely, their feelings,
    Their thoughts and observations.
    I am most especially sure, that the Nazis of old,
    would have been proud to see that warm welcome
    for the governor of Florida?

    • Those who ban people with dissenting views are the epitome of fascism. Intolerance does not equal freedom. A closed mind is an uneducated mind. Enjoy your virtue signaling with only those who agree with you. Your world gets smaller every day.

  4. Shame on the leaders of the Museum of Jewish Heritage for banning Gov Ron De Santis, a true friend of Jewish people and Israel. The hypocrisy of allowing AOC to speak in 2018, who is not a friend of Israel at all. Abrams and Cohen clearly got it wrong in this case.
    I won’t bother to visit that museum, until Gov. Ron De Santis is allowed to speak, or it it ok to silence people who you think disagree with you? They should know better.

  5. A closed mind is an uneducated mind. When you disallow opposing viewpoints your world only gets smaller. Enjoy reveling in those who only agree with you because you can not unite through division. The people of America have always supported the Jewish community and yet your politics have you standing in unity with those who would see your sworn enemies in power. Foolish beyond measure. I will always stand in support of free thought and speech for all Americans and will ignore fascists.
    God Bless America and its freedoms.

  6. I have been struggling to understand why there is a rise in antisemitism in the USA. Now I am beginning to understand not only it’s origins but it’s resurgence in our Society. Now I wonder if the intolerance of others by people who have suffered such oppression is coming from within the USA or from Israel?

  7. For all you Jew haters , why not put the blame where it should be on those responsible with that decision who are democrats.

    • I am not Jewish, I respect the Jews..they have fought a long and hard battle through many years. I may be naive…but WHY would anyone hate them? God bless them and hold them in the palm of His hand.

  8. All I can say is what a pathetic decision not to have DeSantis speak but it’s a decision you made. That’s what you wanted, fine, now it’s our decision NOT to visit your museum.
    You should have AOC come back and speak, she can take DeSantis spot lmao, democrats are truly the dumbest people ever.

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