NEW YORK (NEWS10) – Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 157 that is directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.
Cuomo made this 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.”
In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The movement was made by the Palestinian BDS National Committee.
The Order will take effect immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
Here is a statement from Eric S. Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of NY on today’s executive order from Gov. Cuomo on the BDS campaign against Israel:
“UJA-Federation of NY applauds Governor Cuomo for being the first Governor in the nation to issue an executive order directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. This executive order clearly demonstrates the discriminatory nature of BDS against the State of Israel and we are proud that the Governor of New York State has taken this historic action to stand with Israel and reject the BDS movement”.