BDS Running Wild Until Stopped in Queens

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

After 200 Reform Rabbis had the gall to support BDS operatives, the Queens Museum decided to cancel a planned 70th Anniversary celebration on the very spot that the UN declared Israel a State on November 29th, 1947. The Queens Museum is a stone's throw from my house in Jamaica Estates. It is also a museum the President of the United States knows well.

The director of the Museum Laura Raicovich who called it a "political event"  and "worried about Palestinian friends of the museum" canceled it after it was already set fully in motion. Israel's UN Ambassador Danny Danon said, "We will not accept this blatant discrimination against the State of Israel and we will not let this decision stand". Laurie Raicovich was the editor of a book entitled 'Assuming Boycott: Resistance, Agency, and Cultural Production". Articles in support of BDS were found in the book.

The publisher of the book said "that boycott and divestment are essential tools for activists around the globe". The Governor of New York who also knows the Queens Museum quite well having grown up in my neck of the woods, has admirably and courageously come out with legislation against BDS in New York State. My friends City Councilman Rory Lancman and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz who both stood with me against BDS years ago when no one even knew what it stood for have both come out swinging. It appears that they were successful. At the moment of this writing, Rory tells me they got the Museum to reverse Laurie Raicovich's decision. It must be pointed out that Rory Lancman has been fighting Linda Sarsour in New York longer than anyone.

I believe Linda Sarsour is partially responsilble for getting Laurie Raicovich to block the 70th Anniversary Celebration of Israel's Statehood. UN Ambassador Danon has called for the resignation of Laurie Raicovich. I second the motion. When Anti-Israel and Anti-Semitic actions rear their ugly head they must be squashed immediately. It is entirely unacceptable in a State that has declared BDS illegal that one person can wreak so much havoc. The outcry should be from every corner.

Israel remains and will always be America's staunchest ally in the Middle East. BDS weakens Israel and as a result weakens America. It is time to rise up and end the BDS scourge once and for all.