Center for Jewish History chief's appointment sparks protest

Myers' political past has caused a stir.

October 23, 2017 18:44
The Center for Jewish History in New York City.

The Center for Jewish History in New York City.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK – Critics of Professor David Myers reject his statement that as the head of the Center for Jewish History in New York he intends to stay out of political debates.

Meyers is a senior historian at UCLA, but the political activity he has been involved in for years, including within the framework of the New Israel Fund, has sparked a protest over the past few weeks demanding the cancellation of his appointment as president of the institution.

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“The Center for Jewish History will not be a center of partisan politics in any way, shape or form. I have no political agenda to promote here,” Meyers told The Jerusalem Post recently.

He said he opposes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. But Hank Sheinkopf, who co-authors an Algemeiner blog, said that despite Myers’ statements to the Post, his “essays and his affiliations tell a different story.... Past practice is generally predictive to future behavior.”

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