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Cynthia Nixon on May 3, 2014 at Washington Correspondents' Dinner

Harvard law professor and high-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz is warning New Yorkers not to vote for ‘Sex in the City’ actress Cynthia Nixon, who announced Monday that she’s running for governor of the state.

The 51-year-old co-star of the popular television series and movies launched her run on Twitter, writing, “I love New York, and today I’m announcing my candidacy for governor.”


Nixon may love New York, but she sure doesn’t love Israel, and it’s questionable how much she really loves Jews, warns Dershowitz.

Nixon, a “progressive,” plans to challenge incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination.

Dershowitz warned in a tweet that Nixon is an anti-Israeli bigot.

At least nine percent of New York State’s population is Jewish — about 1.75 million Jews, all told — and there are 1.1 million Jews living in New York City alone, according to the 2011 population study by the UJA-Federation of New York. According to the 2012 Census Bureau data, Jews comprise at least 18.4 percent of the population in New York City. Any way you cut the Big Apple, that’s a lot of Jewish voters.

He referred to a letter that Nixon signed in September 2010, along with 150 other U.S.-based performing and related creative artists, voicing support for Israeli performers who refused to participate in performances taking place in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria – and refusing specifically to perform in the newly-built cultural center in the city of Ariel, in Samaria. The letter campaign was organized by the Jewish Voice for Peace NGO linked to the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS)campaign against Israel.

A statement from Nixon’s campaign said, “We want our government to work again, on healthcare, ending mass incarceration, fixing our broken subway. We are sick of politicians who care more about headlines and power than they do about us. It can’t just be business as usual anymore.”

Nixon, who is not Jewish, is aligned with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, also a liberal and a politician to the left of Cuomo. She appears to have no background in the legal field, other than that which she has developed in the research she has done for her myriad dramatic roles.

One can point to a number of roles Nixon has had that might be considered, in a stretch, relevant to the political field. For instance, she won the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and her television roles include playing political figures Eleanor Roosevelt in Warm Springs (2005), Michele Davis in Too Big to Fail (2011), and playing Nancy Reagan in the 2016 television film Killing Reagan.

Nixon is a breast cancer survivor and has “come out” as bisexual, and is currently married to a woman. The couple are parents to a son and daughter.

But despite a very long list of television and movie credits, Cynthia Nixon has absolutely no experience whatsoever in politics.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.