B’nai B’rith International applauds New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his announcement that he will cease state commerce with groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Cuomo addressed a crowd, which included legislators and Jewish leaders, at a meeting of the Harvard Club in New York on June 5.
According to reporters, Cuomo labeled the BDS movement an “economic attack” on the Jewish state, and said “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.” In the next six months, the Office of General Services will generate a list of businesses and other organizations that participate in “boycott, divestment or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary.”
B’nai B’rith appreciates Cuomo’s strong repudiation of a movement that continuously targets Israel by seeking to boycott and undermine its economy, with the goal of delegitimizing the Jewish state.