Sponsored by: Elaine Phillips, 7th Senate district
Passed Senate, awaiting assembly
This bill would prohibit state contracting with, and state investment in, persons and businesses that promote or engage in activities to boycott American allied nations. The bill has found support in the Senate and follows the example of other anti-BDS bills passed across the United States.
“New York State has no business funding attacks against Israel or supporting hate; it’s an inappropriate and offensive use of taxpayer dollars. Entities facilitating an economic war against Israel and student groups that are harassing, intimidating and abusing Jewish students should not receive one penny of state support”
“A new front has opened in the fight against Israel’s existence. Just as the U.S.-Israel relationship has developed a robust and burgeoning commercial dimension, the threats against Israel have acquired one… New York will not tolerate this new brand of warfare. New York stands with Israel because we are Israel and Israel is us. Our values — freedom, democracy, liberty and the pursuit of peace — are collective, as is our drive to achieve them.
“Know that the United States has Israel’s back, and know that you now have a fighter and a friend in the UN to help you… It makes absolutely no sense and it has no connection to any reasonable definition of justice.”
“I am writing to express my alarm over the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or ‘BDS,’ a global effort to isolate the State of Israel by ending commercial and academic exchanges…
I am seeking your advice on how we can work together across party lines and with a diverse array of voices to reverse this trend with information and advocacy and fight back against further attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.“