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November 3, 2015 6:20 pm

After South Carolina, Illinois and Ohio, New York State Senator Pushes for Anti-BDS Law

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New York Senator Michael Gianaris. Photo: Wikipedia

New York Senator Michael Gianaris. Photo: Wikipedia

New York Senator Michael Gianaris vowed on Tuesday to introduce legislation barring the state from doing business with corporations or individuals engaging in the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel (BDS).

Gianaris — whose district represents swaths of the Queens New York borough — said the law would be the most comprehensive legislative measures taken to confront the BDS movement in New York to date, and it follows similar legislation in Illinois, South Carolina and Ohio.

South Carolina’s law, signed by Govenor Nikki Haley in June, does not mention Israel specifically by name, but prohibits state entities from contracting with businesses that boycott those based in or doing business with an area with which the state enjoys open trade.

The Illinois law more specifically required state entities to unload investments in companies known to be engaging in a boycott of Israel, while Ohio’s law was similarly fashioned on South Carolina’s law, and is still awaiting a final vote.

“With anti-Semitism on the rise both at home and abroad, it is critical that we confront this hatred at its inception and send a strong message that New York will stand against discrimination. Cloaking anti-Semitism in a shroud of false pretense will not obscure intolerant and hateful motives,” said Gianaris, in a statement to the press.

Many BDS activists claim the movement is a nonviolent attempt to target Israel’s military and settlement policies in lands mostly claimed by Palestinians for a future state, though the movement is often criticized for effectively opposing the existence of the Jewish state in its entirety.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for a wide front to combat BDS, and many in the pro-Israel community have worked to counter the movement, including American billionaire pro-Israel activists Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said fighting BDS must be a “priority.”

The statement also noted a 21% increase in reported antisemitic attacks in New York last year, which is according to the Anti-Defamation League.

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  • Markus Elkana Brajtman

    Why was there never a Palestinian state when the Arabs had every opportunity to create a state between 1948 and 1967. The land was OCCUPIED by Jordand and Egypt
    The Arabs did not want Jews in the middle of their expansion, and Israel was a sore thumb to them.
    They warned in 1947 UN vote, that there will be blood shed if the Jews get a state. For once, they did not lie.
    They tried on day one of the reborn biblicasl Jewish state, to destroy Israel, with 5 Arab armies, but the small Jewish state defeated the Arabs, And thiis has been repeated many times.
    When Israel captured what is really Jewish biblical land, in 1867, then the arch terrorist, Arafat, coined the name “Palestinians”

    With the possible Arab majority in the UN, the Arabs decided that they want the land back, to sudenly create a PA state.

    So, Abbas wants the land. He should never get any of the Jewish biblical land, and the world must wake up to the truth, and make Jordan the real Palestine.
    If they get their state on Jewish biblical land, then they will put Israel in mortal danger, and create a monster with the help of the Arab states.

    BG airport will have to clpse down, as the terrorists will be able to bring down any plane landing or leaving Israel.
    They will have Iran massing troops on the borders, which will result in thousads of deaths,.


    • myra vero

      very well said, every word is true.

  • Peter Joffe

    The world has benefited and continues to benefit from the wonderful inventions and products that Israel produces. Close down on Israel and you may as well close the doors to all progress and civilization. Let Islam take over and we are all doomed to a life of misery and death. Let us put as much effort into fighting terrorism and Radical Islam as we do into trying to hurt the good guys. Wake up world as you are on fire.

  • Ann Dveirin

    It’s about high time we had such a law. We should have done it long ago.

  • steven L

    never too late to do the right thing.

  • Jason Johnson

    How about boycotting those who boycott Israel?