“We cannot allow that to happen,” the governor said, adding that, “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”
From the twitter account of Gov.Cuomo:
I’m proud to sign this nation’s leading executive order, which will help protect Israel from threat of divestment. https://t.co/K4irMQbv23— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2016
Today's Executive Order directs state entities to divest all public funds supporting the BDS campaign against Israel pic.twitter.com/rCRXXN2uIv— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2016
New York stands in solidarity with Israel today and always. Photos from today's EO signing: https://t.co/mp78LCiNXT pic.twitter.com/0E377IhodW— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 5, 2016
Full statement from the Governors office:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today issued Executive Order No. 157 directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel. The first-in-the-nation action will ensure that no state agency or authority engages in or promotes any investment activity that would further the harmful and discriminatory Palestinian-backed Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign in New York State. 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.”
Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for that brave and principled stand.