The Queens Museum said Wednesday it will proceed with an event commemorating the 1947 UN vote establishing the State of Israel, after it had sought to cancel the event organized by Israel’s UN Ambassador Danny Danon, the New York Post and Politico report.
On Monday, museum director Laura Raicovich notified the Israelis that she was yanking the deal after “Palestinian friends of the museum” expressed concern, because the museum board didn’t want to host a “political event,” Danon said. He noted that Raicovich is the co-editor of a book that includes essays supporting the boycott of Israel.
“Celebrating the momentous decision of the UN recognizing the right to a Jewish state in our homeland is not a political event, but rather an expression of the historical and legal rights of our people,” Danon said.
After Danon and elected officials publicly criticized the museum, officials there reconsidered the decision, given that its building was the UN’s headquarters when Israel was founded in 1947.