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        2/21/2014, Adar 21, 5774

      Jewish Museum Appearance by BDS Supporter Cancelled

      The Jewish Museum in New York has scrapped a March 6th talk about Jewish existentialist author Franz Kafka that included a planned appearance by Israel critic Judith Butler after Butler pulled out of the event amid pressure from supporters of the Jewish state, according to a Thursday report by the Forward. Many supporters of Israel took issue with the museum’s decision to invite the controversial literary studies professor, given her strongly critical views on Israel and her support for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction Movement, as reflected in an Arutz Sheva op-ed piece.

      The museum issued a statement that said, “While her political views were not a factor in her participation, the debates about her politics have become a distraction making it impossible to present the conversation about Kafka as intended.”

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