N.Y. Governor Stands With Israel
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 157 on Monday directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. Cuomo's order ensures no state agency or authority engages in or promotes any investment activity that promote the Palestinian-backed Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in New York. The Governor made the announcement at the Celebrate Israel Parade.
“New York stands in solidarity with Israel today and always. This state will not stand for the politics of discrimination in any form, and we will continue to demonstrate our unwavering support for the people of Israel in the fight for freedom, liberty and democracy,” Governor Cuomo said. “I’m proud to sign this nation’s leading executive order, which will help protect Israel from the threat of divestment. This order sends the message that this state will do everything in its power to end this hateful, intolerant campaign. New York and Israel share an unbreakable bond and I pray that the Israeli and Palestinian people will find a way to live side by side and find peace, prosperity and security.”
The BDS campaign was started in 2005 to do a number of very damaging things against the nation of Israel including:
- Calling for a complete boycott of Israeli products and companies;
- Promoting divestment actions targeting organizations such as endowed universities or churches, and high-profile businesses with large financial holdings in companies supporting Israel; and
- Urging sanctions against Israel in a direct attempt to harm the economic viability of the State.
Governor Cuomo has been named as the Co-Chair of the American Jewish Committee’s Governors against BDS initiative.