Shortly after U.S. actress Cynthia Nixon, who starred in “Sex and the City” TV series, announced her intentions to run for governor of New York, voices from the pro-Israel community in the United States began to attack her over her previous support for the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Alen Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law School, self-declared human rights defender and pro-Israel activist, criticized Nixon for her decision to support the BDS movement and called on New Yorkers to “not support her bigotry” in the elections.
Dershowitz was talking about a letter that Nixon signed in 2010 in support of Israeli artists who refused to perform in the Ariel Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
The campaign had been organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish NGO critical of the illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories, and the letter was signed by about 150 artists in support of their Israeli counterparts.
“Cynthia Nixon may run for Gov of NY. She has collaborated with Israel haters Jewish Voice for Peace and Vanessa Redgrave in boycotting Israel. Do not support her bigotry,” tweeted Dershowitz.
Nixon has been an active voice for freedom and human rights among the New York Jewish community, despite not being Jewish herself. Her two elder children are Jewish and she takes part in progressive congregations in New York.
After the same-sex marriage law was passed in New York in 2011, Nixon gave the Friday night sermon at the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBT synagogue in Manhattan in which she is an active member.
Before her speech, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum introduced her saying “We’re proud of you as an artist, we’re proud of you as an activist, we’re proud of you as a partner and as a parent.”
In the speech, Nixon praised then Governor Andrew Cuomo for approving the law. Cuomo will run for a third term in the 2018 elections.
Several other progressive Jewish organizations have also expressed their support for Nixon, but she most likely face fierce opposition from the more conservative and pro-Israel side in New York and the United States.