Flanked by AIPAC and Israeli consul, Cuomo signs anti-BDS order

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You’ve all heard by now of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic Israel-loving move: he signed an executive order yesterday making it illegal for NY state entities to do business with companies or organizations that boycott the state of Israel. The order targeting BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) was a naked expression of power for all to see: the governor made the announcement at the Harvard Club, surrounded by leading Israel lobby groups and Israeli diplomats.

And it was a hit overseas:

Benjamin Netanyahu has made fighting BDS a priority for Israeli diplomats, Hillary Clinton has echoed the concern, and Israel lobby donors such as Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson have made the campaign a top priority. The New York Times reports:

Mr. Cuomo made his announcement in a speech at the Harvard Club in Manhattan to an audience including local Jewish leaders and lawmakers, describing the B.D.S. movement as an “economic attack” on Israel.

“We cannot allow that to happen,” the governor said, adding that, “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”

Jewish Insider says that the AIPAC president, the Israeli consul, and the president of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations were all in attendance at the announcement:

Cuomo [to outgoing consul Ido Aharoni]: “What are we going to do without you when you leave? Can we appeal to someone and make you stay? How do we do that?), Malcolm Hoenlein [of the Conference of Presidents] who introduced the governor (Cuomo: “First, to Malcolm Hoenlein, who for so many years has been such an outstanding leader. Literally, generations have learned from Malcolm and he’s done a beautiful job) ..”

Chuck Schumer at Israel Day parade

Chuck Schumer at Israel Day parade

The executive order says that Cuomo will direct the commissioner of the Office of General Services to compile a list of businesses and groups engaged in “boycott, divestment or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary.”

Chuck Schumer promptly celebrated the move and told Jewish Insider he was figuring out how to pass federal legislation to do the same thing:

I think that the state (of New York) should not do any business with any company that participates in BDS, and I am looking at introducing a federal law to do the same thing. BDS is a movement that is just totally unfair to Israel.

The Times story includes a strong comment from Omar Barghouti, a boycott leader, saying the New York move is part of the state of Israel’s “legal warfare against B.D.S.”

And this surprising statement from Alphonso David, counselor to the governor:

He added that although he did not know how many companies that do business with the state had endorsed or engaged in the B.D.S. movement, “we anticipate it’s going to be quite significant.”

That’s hard to believe, but if it’s true, it means open warfare in New York over the use of the boycott tool. And arts organizations and leftwing activist groups and Bernie Sanders’s base are sure to be animated.

Here is Adalah NY’s statement, denouncing the order. A “dangerous” decision by Cuomo, and boycott is an instrument that has been used from Montgomery, Alabama to the fields of California (cue Woody Guthrie, folks!)

It is both unconstitutional and outrageous that Governor Cuomo has committed the State of New York to punishing those who wish to support basic human rights for the Palestinian people.

 

Baher Azmy of the Center for Constitutional Rights says, thanks to Institute for Middle East Understanding:

Governor Cuomo’s measure is illegitimate and an obvious pander. Procedurally, he sought to avoid any transparent debate about the centuries-old validity of boycott as a means of protest in this country.
And on substance his ‘enemies list’ approach to suffocate opinions he and his financial supporters disapprove of is plainly unconstitutional in its McCarthyist vision. Nelson Mandela, who both understood the need to challenge state repression through economic pressure and who prioritized the Palestinian struggle for human rights would rightly be appalled by this craven pander to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ugly agenda.

Palestine Legal also says the move is “reminiscent of McCarthyism” and says it will invite legal challenges:

Executive Order No. 157 is a blatantly unconstitutional attack on freedom of speech and establishes a dangerous precedent reminiscent of McCarthyism. It is unprecedented for a state to create a list of entities that support or engage in a First Amendment protected political activity, and deny them financial benefits because of it. Boycotts are a constitutionally-protected form of speech, association and assembly, and have a long history of being used successfully to address injustice and demand political change.

The State of New York may not punish businesses, organizations, and other entities because of their speech and political views. This executive order would chill First Amendment protected activities by requiring persons to avoid or renounce such activities before they can be considered beneficiaries of public funds. It will certainly invite legal challenges.

Katherine Franke, Chair of the Board of Directors, Center for Constitutional Rights, and Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School:

“Governor Cuomo has decided that his moral compass points in the direction of Joseph McCarthy rather than Rosa Parks.”

Here is Schumer saying last night at the Agudath Israel dinner that BDS is anti-Semitic.

This is an evil and pernicious movement. But we have to call it what it is. There may be some people in it who you know are misguided and humanitarian.

But at its core and so many of the people who run it are against any state of Israel whatsoever. And we have to call them out. Even those who say they might be for a two state solution, you know their two states are– one is a Palestinian state and one is a state on the east [west] side of the present border with Jordan where there is the so-called right of return, which means any Palestinian or their third cousin who lived on that side of the border before 1948 can come in and claim their land. So they want two Palestinian states.

What does it mean that those who are at the core of the BDS movement are so fond of statehood for every other people but not the Jewish people? There’s an old word for it, we always have a word for it. It’s called anti-Semitism. Not simply just– bad enough anti-Israel, they’re anti-Semites. Why, why– what is it anti-semitism? It says what everyone can do what the Jew cannot. Everyone can be a farmer and own farm land but the Jew cannot. Everyone could live in Moscow but the Jew could not…

[They’re saying] Every other people should have their own state and their own homeland, but not the Jew.

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  1. Kay24
    June 6, 2016, 12:53 pm

    “[They’re saying] Every other people should have their own state and their own homeland, but not the Jew.”

    Deliberate misunderstanding of words…the world is okay with the Jews having their own homeland – as long as they do not build illegal homes outside the 1967 borders. Is that too hard for them to understand or are they pretending to be dense about it? Here they keep stealing lands belonging to others, then pretend the world objects to their homeland. Not one inch of land should they be stealing out of what is allocated for their homeland. What a fascination they seem to have to steal lands, water, and other resources that do NOT belong to them.

    • MHughes976
      June 6, 2016, 4:21 pm

      I absolutely don’t accept the right of groups defined by race or religion to have a sovereign state of their own, an idea which would bring chaos and catastrophe. It’s not that Jews are being denied what is accorded to others but that Zionists are claiming for Jews something not accorded to anyone else.

      • johneill
        June 6, 2016, 11:25 pm

        completely agreed. no religion deserves a country – theocracy is always wrong.

      • Kay24
        June 7, 2016, 8:05 am

        I agree that no “democracy” should claim to be of a specific race or religion, and there is already chaos and strong accusations of apartheid policies against Israel. Actually my point was they must stay within their given borders and stop taking more for themselves. They love to play that anti-semitic card, or the victim card, as an excuse to steal even more. They justify their crimes of land theft by crying victim (funny, that an occupier with a well trained military, latest weapons, and has the might of the US behind them, is a victim to occupied unarmed civilians, such idiotic logic).

      • Talkback
        June 7, 2016, 9:12 am

        McHughes976.

        Of course Jews have a right to self determination (like participating in a democracy). But entitlement to having a state is something different.

        There was no region called for example “Jewishland” in which all denizens were Jews, because they were living in this territory and acquired a “Jewish” citizenship, when a state was established. “Jewish” is not a citizenship”, not a nation, but the most a nation within nationality (“Israelis”).

        In the case of Israel there wasn’t even a referendum, if the denizens of a territory wanted to live in a state seperated from Palestine so Israel doesn’t even have an internal legitimation and will never have, if all voices are considered. It was only established through war an expulsion by paramilitary groups and terrorists. It was a coup d’etat after while the mandatory goverment dissolved. That’s why I called it an Apartheid Junta.

      • Albert Westpy
        June 7, 2016, 11:10 am

        I agree !

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 11:29 am

        seriously, i look forward to a supreme court battle. how would americans feel about slashing our protections under the first amendment for …. israel?

        maybe we should just dump the constitution altogether and let the israel lobby write a new one for us. or why use the lobby, heck we could just turn the job over to the knesset? they could form a committee of settler MP’s run out of the foreign ministry (or the defense ministry w/lieberman in charge!) and deliver us our new severed freedoms on a platter! i’m sure americans would just looove that!!!

        and for what? to counter BDS! wow, nothing like a good national fight to boost BDS into the national spotlight — a showdown at the supreme court!

      • csutter
        June 7, 2016, 2:44 pm

        +1

    • REALITY CHECK 101
      June 8, 2016, 3:51 am

      Calling Israel the “homeland” of the Eastern European Jews

      is like calling America the “homeland” of Western European Christians.

    • inbound39
      June 15, 2016, 12:21 am

      In 1948 the Provisional Government of Israel accepted and declared its borders to be as defined by the Petition Plan and its conditions. Those are the borders Israel was formerly recognised by globally and still is recognised by. Gaza would still be connect to the West Bank had Israel not illegally annexed and settled the other led of Gaza. In any deal…to my mind that leg should be returned to Palestine so it can have an entirely contiguous and connected state. Any problems caused by evacuating illegal settlers is Israel’s problem. It saw fit to illegally settle Palestinian territory. It can therefore see fit to legally unsettle it. Simplest means would be to declare it part of a Palestinian State and those wishing to stay can become Palestinian citizens or leave and return to Sovereign Israel at their own expense.

  2. Annie Robbins
    June 6, 2016, 1:04 pm

    i’m looking forward to this legislation (as well as similar legislation from other states) landing in the courts.

    • Emory Riddle
      June 6, 2016, 1:24 pm

      It seems maybe we can put pressure on Cuomo via a petition to recall him. “2013: The Assembly Republican Caucus of the New York State Assembly voiced support for legislation that would provide a mechanism for recall elections. The proposed legislation would allow recall elections if 20 percent of voters who participated in the election of that official signed a petition to remove him or her from office.”. I dunno if anything was passed..if yes, we would need @ 700,000 signatures.

    • Mooser
      June 6, 2016, 1:41 pm

      “i’m looking forward to this legislation (as well as similar legislation from other states) landing in the courts.”

      I don’t think there will be time for a snack, let alone an in-flight movie, before it does, too. They might as well just taxi over to the court house.

      • Pixel
        June 6, 2016, 4:43 pm

        Hahahaha…

      • Citizen
        June 7, 2016, 4:27 am

        Yep, and at least four other states can grab the next taxi going to that court house.

    • ritzl
      June 6, 2016, 2:09 pm

      So this is what the end game looks like.

      Either it is constitutional or it isn’t.

      Do away with US Constitutional democracy at Israel’s insistence, or preserve it in spite of Israel’s insistence.

      Perhaps overstating a little (but not much), this is just that fundamental.

      • MHughes976
        June 6, 2016, 4:30 pm

        Just let me ask again what I asked recently on another thread. If boycotts by private individuals are free speech which cannot be punished, what are boycotts of boycotters by agents of the state? Are they too free speech?

      • ritzl
        June 6, 2016, 4:58 pm

        MHughes, I believe the US Constitution ensures that free speech is not a reversible or reciprocal right. People have the right but the state does not. I’m going to get in trouble here, but my high school civics classes make me want to say that the whole Bill of Rights here was about rights for citizens and limitations for governments.

        So, no it’s not the same thing, in the US anyway. France otoh…

        FWIW.

      • MHughes976
        June 6, 2016, 5:22 pm

        I’m glad to hear that, ritzl, and indeed I think, though I’m no legal eagle, that it makes a lot of sense. But the other side will make a fight of it.

      • Dutch
        June 6, 2016, 6:08 pm

        @ MHughes

        Strange framing. States are not supposed to limit the constitutional rights of their citizens, or punish citizens for executing these rights. They’re also not supposed to draw up blacklists of companies that haven’t broken any law, let alone threaten to punish them economically. Right?

    • hophmi
      June 6, 2016, 7:44 pm

      Me too. I don’t know of a Constitutional right to have the Government do business with people who support hate, but I guess we’ll find out.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 12:30 am

        I don’t know of a Constitutional right to have the Government do business with people who support hate

        and to think california signed some agreement to do business w/israel last year. i don’t know that we had a constitutional right to do it, but we did.

      • Talkback
        June 7, 2016, 9:20 am

        hophmi: “I don’t know of a Constitutional right to have the Government do business with people who support hate, but I guess we’ll find out.”

        At least we allready know that supporting equal rights is considered as “hate” amongst supremacists and other rascist haters, right?

      • inbound39
        June 15, 2016, 12:25 am

        It has nothing to do with hate Hophmi. It has to do with the legality of what Israel is doing to Palestine and Palestinians……which is illegal.

    • hoya saxa
      June 7, 2016, 1:57 pm

      Im looking forward to the disappointment of the BDS crew.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 2:11 pm

        don’t hold your breath — oh wait, do!

      • eljay
        June 7, 2016, 2:24 pm

        || hoya saxa: Im looking forward to the disappointment of the BDS crew. ||

        It won’t hold a candle to the disappointment of Zio-supremacists when their unjust and immoral “Jewish State” project finally collapses. :-(

  3. amigo
    June 6, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Well , that,s settled it for me.No big apple this summer.Shucks , I will just have to be happy sipping pints of Guinness after shopping in Arnotts .with the money I save on flight costs and hotel bills.

    Not to worry , when all this anti BDS nonsense has failed , I may consider a trip to one of the US cities that did not involve itself in this pathetic attempt to infringe on my right to free speech.

    Zionists never learn. They cannot impose their demands on the rest of this planet.

    Btw , does it make me an antisemite to refuse to vacation in NooYoirk because it,s leaders are aiding and abetting the serial killer and apartheid rogue nation known as the light unto the nations and only democracy in the ME .Sorry , left out the bit about the ,”most moral army”.

    • Eric
      June 7, 2016, 3:24 pm

      Amigo says: “Zionists never learn. They cannot impose their demands on the rest of this planet.”

      Coulda fooled me. I’d say they’ve done a pretty good job so far, and are sticking with a winning formula.

  4. Kay24
    June 6, 2016, 1:05 pm

    Cuomo seems to be in hot water and is being investigated. Homes of two of his close associates were raided by the FBI apparently. Signing this ridiculous bill supporting the crimes of an occupier, might be just the distraction he wants. Cuomo and Schumer are simply doing the bidding of the Israeli lobby for their own devious reasons, and they will throw anyone under the bus if it suits their agenda.

  5. chocopie
    June 6, 2016, 1:10 pm

    “…which means any Palestinian or their third cousin who lived on that side of the border before 1948 can come in and claim their land.”

    And he thinks this is unreasonable!

    • MHughes976
      June 6, 2016, 4:48 pm

      ‘Third cousin’ is used, in this rather cynical rhetoric, to create ridicule because no one gets rights simply by being the cousin of a victim. But if the cousin is the true heir the rights are there in full force.

    • Talkback
      June 7, 2016, 9:26 am

      Of course it is unreasonable, if you are a Palestinian. If you are a Jew on the other hand, you don’t even have to have a cousin to come and claim the land. Zionist supremacism in a nutshell.

  6. pabelmont
    June 6, 2016, 1:36 pm

    This Cuomo used to seem an OK guy, not his father to be sure, but OK. Even if a politician. But not now!

    He has sworn an oath of office which, I surmise, commits him to uphold the Constitution of the USA (and of NYS). And the first guarantees free speech (and, as interpreted by the ever vigilant S/C of the USA, guarantees that government will stay out of people’s speech flight-path except when that speech creates a clear and present danger — and a few hundred other exceptions.

    Protecting Israel frmo BDS has not — yet — been one of the exceptions. So Cuomo has broken his pwersonal oath as well as violated the usual rules of any government employee.

    Good work AIPAC! Nice work. So far its fascism lite. We’re all waiting for the other jackboot to fall.

  7. Blownaway
    June 6, 2016, 2:06 pm

    Amazing we can boycot North Carolina for their stand on lgbt rights but not Israel for apartheid?

  8. ritzl
    June 6, 2016, 2:12 pm

    By executive order? What are the implications of that in terms of reversibility or appeal or open, public hearing-based process?

    • ritzl
      June 6, 2016, 2:20 pm

      Who decides who is on the shit list? Are names submitted by NY citizens? Petitions for inclusion voted upon statewide? An illegal office in E. Jerusalem (oh the irony)? Delivered by God to random recipients on the site of the Third Temple? Santa Claus (makin’ a list…)?

      Is there any promise of openness in this EO list-generation process? Sounds pretty Star Chamber-ish to me.

  9. ritzl
    June 6, 2016, 4:14 pm

    Here’s the pdf link to the full text of the EO.

    https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_157_new.pdf

    I may have missed it.

  10. Pixel
    June 6, 2016, 4:59 pm

    I think this is GREAT. Simple, clear, and oh, so visible.

    Anyone who thinks this is going to help Israel’s “cause” is terrified, an idiot, or both. Instead, it’s the Streisand Effect.

    All the talk about Israel, Israel, Israel, ad nauseum, these days, has left people in America, who never before gave Israel so much as two thoughts, scratching their heads and asking, “Why are we hearing about Israel all the time?”

    More often than not, they’re beginning to get accurate answers.

  11. Pixel
    June 6, 2016, 5:05 pm

    I also think the assemblage that was gathered for the photo with Cuomo is interesting.

  12. eljay
    June 6, 2016, 6:24 pm

    … The order targeting BDS … was a naked expression of power for all to see: the governor made the announcement at the Harvard Club, surrounded by leading Israel lobby groups and Israeli diplomats. …

    A bunch of hateful, immoral, hypocritical idiots grinning because they stand proudly behind injustice, immorality and supremacism.

    … Here is Schumer saying last night at the Agudath Israel dinner that BDS is anti-Semitic.

    … But at its core and so many of the people who run it are against any state of Israel whatsoever. …

    … bad enough anti-Israel, they’re anti-Semites. Why, why– what is it anti-semitism? It says what everyone can do what the Jew cannot. Everyone can be a farmer and own farm land but the Jew cannot. Everyone could live in Moscow but the Jew could not…

    [They’re saying] Every other people should have their own state and their own homeland, but not the Jew.

    Israel exists and should continue to exist…as a secular and democratic state of and for all of its Israeli citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally.

    But Israel has no right to exist as a religion-supremacist “Jewish State”. No state has a right to exist as a supremacist state of any kind.

    And “the Jew” is not entitled to a religion-supremacist state. No group of people is entitled to a supremacist state of any kind.

    For Mr. Schumer to argue that “the Jews” are entitled to Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” simply demonstrates that he is nothing more than a hateful and immoral hypocrite.

  13. klm90046
    June 6, 2016, 6:28 pm

    “This executive order would chill First Amendment protected activities by requiring persons to avoid or renounce such activities before they can be considered beneficiaries of public funds. ”

    What’s wrong with that? Renouncing enemies of state ideology was common in the former Soviet Union during the purges, in People’s China during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and is even now practiced in North Korea and other bastions of free speech.

  14. Nevada Ned
    June 6, 2016, 6:34 pm

    I looked at the photo of the signing ceremony of Andrew Cuomo’s executive order.

    It includes AIPAC, the Israeli ambassador, and Malcolm Hoenlein.

    Was there anybody else at the ceremony who is *NOT* Jewish? (Except for Andrew Cuomo himself)??

    If all the supporters at the ceremony are Jewish, it means that Israel’s supporters
    have lost control of their non-Jewish base of support for Israel.

    A long time ago, Israel had a significant base of support among Christians, either humanitarian liberals or conservative Christian Zionists. Where are they now?

    Why wasn’t Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell’s son (and successor) at the EO signing ceremony?

    I interpret the all-Jewish nature of the support at the EO signing ceremony as a show of weakness.

    • Eric
      June 7, 2016, 10:34 am

      NN: if you look at the photo, there’s at least five black people, a Muslim lady wearing a head scarf, two Latina-looking ladies and a Catholic priest who’s also a visible minority. In fact, the only white guys appear to be Hoenlein and Cuomo, so the photo op was textbook.

      • lonely rico
        June 7, 2016, 5:39 pm

        >Eric

        … the photo, there’s at least five black people, a Muslim lady wearing a head scarf, two Latina-looking ladies and a Catholic priest who’s also a visible minority. In fact, the only white guys appear to be Hoenlein and Cuomo

        The MW homepage photo shows governor Cuomo’s pen hitting the EO, with, looking on: (outgoing Israeli Consul General) Ido Aharoni … Malcolm Hoenlein … and (AIPAC Chairman) Bob Cohen.

        http://mondoweiss.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BDS-1-1024×681.jpg

        The first photo of the article itself titled “Cuomo signs order against BDS”

        http://mondoweiss.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cuomo-bds.png

        is a PR photo with Governor Cuomo’s pen hovering over the recently signed EO, surrounded by a wide variety of ordinary citizens, who were perhaps (?) at the Harvard Club enjoying an ecumenical lunch, willing to pose with their Italian/American mayor and his Jewish/American friend.

  15. MaxNarr
    June 6, 2016, 9:03 pm

    As I mentioned previously, we have declared an all out war on BDS. This is only the beginning.

    • Annie Robbins
      June 7, 2016, 12:36 am

      bring it on. the more exposure the better. let people take a look at the facts and decide for themselves. then when they find out what’s going on there and how our politicians bend over backwards to empower israel and how their (our) tax dollars complicit in these crimes against humanity they’ll even be more pissed off. we know this is only the beginning, after decades of LIES, deceit, theft, death, destruction, massive racism, there’s only one direction we’re headed, so yeah, only the beginning — and we’re ready, bds is ready.

      • JustJessetr
        June 7, 2016, 7:56 am

        Funny, I have just the opposite experience. Once people see that BDS has absolutely nothing to do with helping Palestinians, that boycotting Israel hasn’t helped a single Palestinian since 1948, then they begin to see you all in a different light. It’s pretty easy come to think of it.

      • Boris
        June 7, 2016, 8:33 am

        It is quite interesting how the ultra-left and ultra-right are joined at the hip with their hatred of Israel.

        At the recent Israel Day parade in NYC there were no BDS protesters. Rather, there were Neturei Karta rabbis (who are always there) and … Trump supporters who were protesting Israel’s permission for gay parades.

      • Talkback
        June 7, 2016, 9:35 am

        JustJesstr: “Funny, I have just the opposite experience. Once people see that BDS has absolutely nothing to do with helping Palestinians, that boycotting Israel hasn’t helped a single Palestinian since 1948, then they begin to see you all in a different light. It’s pretty easy come to think of it.”

        Funny, that Afrikaners made the same pseudo arguments.

      • Talkback
        June 7, 2016, 9:39 am

        Boris: “It is quite interesting how the ultra-left and ultra-right are joined at the hip with their hatred of Israel.”

        It is even more interesting that pathological narcissistic personalities can interpret criticism of the hateful things they do to others only as hate against themselves.

      • JustJessetr
        June 7, 2016, 10:22 am

        Talkback, it’s not a psuedo argument if it’s true.

        Arguably, the plight of Palestinians has grown worse since 48. No amount of boycotting since 48 has changed that.

        It’s nice that you’re picking up this alledgedly pan-Palestinian call to boycott Israel, but how has it secured a meal, or a school, much less justice, for a single Palestinian?

        It hasnt. And once i point that out, people who are leaning proBDS realize that their desire to help is being siphoned away to flay Israel which is not the same as helping Palestinians. There are more Palestinians activists for government reform than there are for boycotting Israel, but they get no press because they get shot for their efforts. One-man NGOs operating out of Ramallah and funded by the EU are not such a threat to Abbas or Hamas.

        Thank you, Cuomo. Your stances against fracking and now BDS shows courage. I’m glad my visit to you helped tip the scales towards signing this executive order.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 11:06 am

        There are more Palestinians activists for government reform than there are for boycotting Israel

        source?

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 11:02 am

        jjester: people see that BDS has absolutely nothing to do with helping Palestinians

        this doesn’t appear to be the trend. on the contrary, bds is growing precisely because people see it as an effective viable non violent social justice movement.

        they begin to see you all in a different light. It’s pretty easy come to think of it.

        if it were so “easy” team israel wouldn’t have to spend millions annually repressing pro palestine voices and hiring pr specialists like luntz and advertising campaigns and legal fees and special legislation to prevent the spread of bds which is spreading like a virus on steroids.

        now would they? you wouldn’t be seeing articles in the forward titled “Israeli Foreign Ministry Failing in Fight Against BDS, Report Says” would you? http://forward.com/news/breaking-news/341326/israeli-foreign-ministry-failing-in-fight-against-bds-report-says/#ixzz4Au6AdpJo

        why don’t you try contacting israel’s foreign minister and tell them they are wrong. tell them they are not failing and that placing lipstick on their ugly little apartheid pig is “easy”.

        boris: accusing ones ideological adversaries of hatred is, at its core, merely an ad hominem argument, a logical fallacy. furthermore the most recent pew polls show voters who identify as “liberal” the fastest growing demographic of both the dem party as well as independents ( http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/09/democratic-voters-increasingly-embrace-liberal-label/ ), plus: “While the share of Democratic voters identifying as liberals has increased across all age cohorts, Millennial Democratic voters continue to be more likely than older generations to call themselves liberals.

        so it’s spreading in all age groups but fastest in the youth. it’s the largest demographic of the left, liberal not moderate. so why is that important? because according to pew, 68% of liberal dems sympathize with palestinians http://mondoweiss.net/2015/04/democrats-sympathize-palestinians/ — and this is the fastest growing demographic on the left. and that was 2015.

        there’s nothing “ultra” left about it. and it’s not just mondoweiss noticing this stuff, here’s 2016: “A new poll finds that liberal Democrats are turning away from Israel” http://www.vox.com/2016/5/9/11607990/liberal-democrats-israel-pew

        your nasty ad hominems about haters doesn’t explain this trend. people are opening their eyes, and they don’t like that they see.

      • JustJessetr
        June 7, 2016, 12:02 pm

        @ Annie
        “this doesn’t appear to be the trend. on the contrary, bds is growing precisely because people see it as an effective viable non violent social justice movement.”

        Yes, this is the same duck and dodge people give me at first. When I press them to answer the question of exactly how BDS helps Palestinians, they keep changing the subject. Until finally, they realize they have not been able to answer my question. They can’t name any rights that have won, they cant provide an instance of how suffering has been alleviated. Then I tell them how boycotting Sodastream has cost Palestinians their jobs, and in my experience, that’s the precise moment they realize that the bash-Israel cheerleading isn’t helping a single Palestinian. And that’s the kind of people i took as a group to meet Cuomo. Looks like my drop in the bucket was worth it.

        And the whole, “That’s what they said in SA.”, argument doesn’t carry water, bc boycotting wasn’t central to dismantling racist policies.

        Thank you, Governor Cuomo. Working against hatred is Progressive politics.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 1:58 pm

        so that would be a ‘no annie, i have no source confirming there are “more Palestinians activists for government reform than there are for boycotting Israel [as if the two were mutually exclusive, knowing they are not]” ‘

        glad we cleared that up.

        Yes, this is the same duck and dodge people give me at first. When I press them to answer the question of exactly how BDS helps Palestinians, they keep changing the subject.

        i’m not ducking and dodging. you claimed “once people see that BDS has absolutely nothing to do with helping Palestinians … they begin to see you all in a different light”

        i addressed the premise head on and stated that did not appear to be the trend (people seeing this — your claim) and gave evidence why. there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of the idea that people perceiving bds as having “absolutely nothing to do with helping Palestinians” is gaining traction.

        but i see the sadistic logic in your claim. it reminds me of an abusive husband beating his wife and every time she voices complaints or tries to leave him he beats her more and more. and after 10 years he could then claim to the horrified children seeing their mother beaten frequently — “your protests have absolutely nothing to do with helping your mother.. once you realize that you will begin to see your worthless protesting in a different light — in fact, it is only because you have so much hatred for me that you try to protect your mother.”

        or some such stupid logic.

        When I press them to answer the question of exactly how BDS helps Palestinians, they keep changing the subject.

        because exactly how BDS has helped Palestinians thus far, or if it even has, is irrelevant. clearly israel could assassinate barghouti and turn around and say “see, look where supporting bds has gotten you now?” and that would be more “proof” to back your point one supposes.

        whereas, what is relevant is how much potential BDS has to help palestinians in the future, and while that can be a matter of debate (clearly israel thinks BDS potential is effective or they would not extend so much time/energy/resources to combat it) what is not in debate is that this is a palestinian call, so it’s not my position or business to question the sincerity or integrity of that call.

        i think you’re wrong that people see or will come to see bds as having “absolutely nothing to do with helping Palestinians”. in the same way that investing in a business may look like having “absolutely nothing to do with helping ones family” if you judge the value of one’s investment early on. because one could spend a million dollars on a business investment and judge it as having only a negative effect on ones bank statement! but given time and the return on the investment, then you start seeing results.

      • silamcuz
        June 7, 2016, 12:29 pm

        so it’s spreading in all age groups but fastest in the youth. it’s the largest demographic of the left, liberal not moderate. so why is that important? because according to pew, 68% of liberal dems sympathize with palestinians link to mondoweiss.net — and this is the fastest growing demographic on the left. and that was 2015.

        This is part of the shift in paradigm occurring within Western society towards justice and the rule of law, after a thousand years of living in darkness of deceit and corruption of various forms.

        For those outside of the West, being anti-Zionist is the overwhelming norm, and to find anyone, not just a person in power, to hold pro-Israel beliefs would be a demanding task. This is the West’s stepping stone onto the age of enlightenment, but it still has a long way to go.

      • Mooser
        June 7, 2016, 1:11 pm

        “I’m glad my visit to you helped tip the scales towards signing this executive order.” “JustJessetr”

        Wait, let me guess! You brought Cuomo a very persuasive essay by “Jesse T Rosenfeld” which changed his mind?

        “You want to know who helps Palestinians at the Coop? Jesse Rosenfeld does!” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/justjessetr/?keyword=Rosenfeld#sthash.HtMFfilF.dpuf

      • JustJessetr
        June 7, 2016, 2:51 pm

        @ annie,

        You see no evidence of results since 1948, yet you keep on keepin’ on because you don’t want to question the tactic. I dunno, annie. I like to go with what works.

        And you may not see any trend at your level, but that’s because i engage people one on one. I don’t have much patience for websites or activism on the web. The group of 20 I took to Albany were those whose minds I changed. And they described their political evolution to the governor in a meeting that was supposed to last 5 minutes, that turned into 15, that turned into 30. Honestly, i did very little talking.

        I used to be pro boycott of Israel back in college. Before BDS even existed. I swallowed all the so-called facts. Then a few years later i was listening to Bernard White and his crew on WBAI castigate some poor guy who was talking about how Zionists cleared the swamps in Palestine to make room for crops.

        “You tell me how swamps exist in the middle of a desert.” he said. Something like that. His whole crew were screaming with laughter.

        I laughed too. Then coincidentally, I was in the map room at the public library that week, and got curious. I found maps that the British made of the area. Many many maps. All dated before 1948. Guess what I saw? Lots of swampland.

        That was the beginning of my real education. The Left is as prone to just making up stuff as they go along as anyone else. They see what they want to see. From swampland to the Park Slope Food Coop, you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. And if disagreeing with tou makes me a (fill in the blank) then that’s your problem. Not mine.

        When I present people with the facts, it tends to sway them. Not here, but face to face, and one on one.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 9:47 pm

        @ annie, You see no evidence of results since 1948, yet you keep on keepin’ on because you don’t want to question the tactic.

        don’t put words in my mouth, i’m not you — those are your words. here’s what i said:

        exactly how BDS has helped Palestinians thus far, or if it even has, is irrelevant.

        and this: And you may not see any trend at your level, but that’s because i engage people one on one.

        ah, the ol ‘you may have pew polls and mainstream articles to back you up but i have the man on the street.’ you crack me up.

        besides, i DO see a trend, and that trend is: liberals are the fastest growing demographic (pew) in the fast growing segment of the electorate ( https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/01/11/independents-outnumber-democrats-and-republicans-but-theyre-not-very-independent/) and they sympathize with palestinians more than israelis (60-68% pew). plus, there’s no logic behind your ‘theory’ that BDS has absolutely nothing to do with helping palestinians.

        I don’t have much patience for websites or activism on the web.

        what has that got to do w/pew polls? why do you hang at an activist website if you have no patience for it?

        some people might be impressed w/your ‘i used to be pro bds – swampland – i flipped 20 people – the Left is as prone to making up stuff – and i have the facts and if you don’t agree it’s your problem’ argument but i am not one of them. you have nothing but your opinion on these so called trends, you make allegations that fly in the face of even the israeli foreign minister’s claims, you make allegations about palestinians and provide NO source, i’m just not impressed jester.

        and for all your bragging you’ve swayed no one here, you just claim you do it face to face. in an argument online — who you claim to sway offline has no bearing or relevance.

        edit, one more thing i just thought i’d mention re “you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about”; the withholding of goods and services to change a person or institution’s behavior is probably the most common form of persuasion known to mankind. people do it all the time in one form or another, as do governments. to claim it’s not an effective strategy for palestinians is not your call to make — it’s theirs, and they’ve made the call — overwhelmingly. and if disagreeing with you makes me a (fill in the blank) then that’s your problem. Not mine.

      • Mooser
        June 7, 2016, 4:06 pm

        “That was the beginning of my real education.” “justjessetr”

        Well, Jesse, you know what they say: “A Conservative is just a Liberal who’s been mugged!”

      • Mooser
        June 7, 2016, 5:04 pm

        “so that would be a ‘no annie, i have no source confirming”

        I get such a kick out of Jesse.
        After being pinned to the board over an ridiculous charge, he restores his credibility by telling a long, inane, pointless, completely personal and utterly uncorroborated story, (2:51 pm) which somehow proves him right all along! And he believes every word of it!

        Yup, you’re a real swayer, Jesse.

      • oldgeezer
        June 7, 2016, 6:31 pm

        @justjesse

        Just a clarification from a pro-Israel perspective if you wouldn’t mind.

        The CEO of sodastream has long maintained that the move made by sodastream had nothing to do with BDS. He also publicly laid the blame for the loss of jobs by Palestinians squarely on the policies of the GoI ‘s policies with respect to Palestinian workers and passes.

        When you tell people that BDS has cost Palestinian’s their jobs what goes on in your mind? Do you feel Birnbaum is a liar or do you know you are?

      • JustJessetr
        June 8, 2016, 1:16 pm

        @ Annie

        Ummm…no. what you actually said was,

        “…so it’s not my position or business to question the sincerity or integrity of that call.”

        That’s a little bot-like for someone who thinks of themselves as an independent thinker. But whatever. I wont put words in your mouth if you don’t compare me to someone who beats his wife. Jesus Christ, i hope you don’t use that tactic on your children when they discover the flaws in your thinking.

        In the meantime, Cuomo has signed his order. Your personal opinon of me is completely beside the point.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 8, 2016, 3:43 pm

        Ummm…no. what you actually said was

        wrong again. i “actually” said both the quotes and a lot of other things.

        Jesus Christ, i hope you don’t use that tactic on your children when they discover the flaws in your thinking.

        your argument has challenged nothing in my thinking nor my argument nor have you exposed any so called “flaws”.

        that’s the 3rd or 4th time you’ve implied my argument is ad hominem. it isn’t. your continued references like this are a diversion. bye, you can have the last word.

      • Mooser
        June 8, 2016, 7:13 pm

        ” Jesus Christ, i hope you don’t use that tactic on your children”

        Umm, uh, “Hophmi”, do you think you could forego using “Jesus Christ” as an oath or expletive? It might be offensive to a lot of people. Remember, a good outreach reaches all the way round.

    • Shingo
      June 7, 2016, 6:47 am

      And you are losing that war.

      The good thing is that the harder and dirtier you fight, the more swiftly you will face defeat. As Kerry and. Other political leaders have admitted, there is nothing the US government an do to stop BDS.

    • amigo
      June 7, 2016, 8:55 am

      “As I mentioned previously, we have declared an all out war on BDS. This is only the beginning. ” max nurd

      Maximus Delerious —please call on your zionits to carpet bomb the universe with these doomed to fail actions.Demand that every state governor follow cuomo,s lead.What will follow will be a slew of lawsuits leading to these attacks against free speech being roundly defeated .The upside for the BDS camp is that the court proceedings will be reported far and wide on a daily basis and no amount of zionist or aipac control of the media will prevent the emergence of the facts about how the US congress is bought and paid for by a foreign rogue tinpot entity .

      Israel,s dirty little secrets will be aired in public for all to see and woe to Israel when Dick and Jane get wind of who has been shafting them for all these decades.Also the companies who have been threatened will double down on their support for BDS.Keep fighting max nurd—I love a little slapstick comedy.

    • Talkback
      June 7, 2016, 9:30 am

      MaxNarr: “As I mentioned previously, we have declared an all out war on BDS.”

      No, you have declared a all out war on freedom. You started with the Palestinians and now you are a going after everyone who opposes your fascist oppression tactics. Do you really think that you can accomplish more than Nazis?

    • Mooser
      June 7, 2016, 11:10 am

      “As I mentioned previously, we have declared an all out war on BDS. This is only the beginning.”

      What nobility! What bravery! Imagine, foregoing the advantage of surprise to announce the “all out war” on BDS!

      • Annie Robbins
        June 7, 2016, 11:36 am

        mooser, in no time they’ll probably be claiming victory too, like bush claiming mission accomplished in iraq!

      • inbound39
        June 15, 2016, 1:15 am

        Well….in I strolled and stumbled across justjesstr(what does the tr stand for…tragic?) Seems Jesse forgets that Netanyahu saw BDS as such a threat he set up a whole committee and a hefty budget to counter it. Doing nothing for Palestinians? It keeps them front page and not hidden from view like ZioTrippers would like. Anyway…seems Mooser,Annie and Kay24 have promptly doused the ZioTripper!

      • Mooser
        June 15, 2016, 10:39 am

        “Well….in I strolled and stumbled across justjesstr(what does the tr stand for…tragic?)” “inbound39”

        “You want to know who helps Palestinians at the Coop? Jesse Rosenfeld does! He worked like hell to bring a new brand of Palestinian olive oil to our shelves” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/justjessetr/?keyword=Jesse+Rosenfeld#sthash.hN1fYAre.dpuf

  16. a blah chick
    June 6, 2016, 9:13 pm

    I noticed that they put the lady in the hijab right in the middle.

    “See, even a Muslim thinks this is cool!”

    Idiots.

    • Kay24
      June 7, 2016, 9:39 am

      It would be interesting to find out who she really is, and why she was strategically placed there.

      • a blah chick
        June 7, 2016, 11:06 am

        I hope the Twitter Army will out her very soon.

  17. ElmoX
    June 7, 2016, 3:36 am

    Endorsers of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

    Endorsements from Colleagues at American Institutions

    Endorsements from Cultural Workers

    Endorsements from International Colleagues

    Organizational Endorsements

    Academic Associations endorsing Academic Boycott

    Endorsements from Colleagues at American Institutions: Note: institutional names are for identification purposes only.

    http://www.usacbi.org/endorsers/

  18. JLewisDickerson
    June 7, 2016, 9:14 am

    RE: “You’ve all heard by now of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic Israel-loving move: he signed an executive order yesterday making it illegal for NY state entities to do business with companies or organizations that boycott the state of Israel.” ~ Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz

    MY COMMENT: Something’s very rotten in Albany!

    SEE: “Former Markstone Capital chairman Broidy pleads guilty to bribery” | By Christine Williamson | pionline.com | December 3, 2009

    [EXCERPTS] Private equity manager Elliott Broidy today pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to a felony charge that he paid about $1 million in bribes between 2002 and 2006 to four officials employed in the office of then-State Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

    The bribes were made to secure an investment by the $126 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo said today.

    Mr. Broidy’s crime was “a plain, old-fashioned bribery scheme,” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference, and is unrelated to the pay-to-play scheme involving private equity placement agents that his office has been investigating for two years.

    Mr. Broidy, co-founder and former chairman of Markstone Capital Group, admitted to bribing the four officials in the state comptroller’s office to secure a $250 million commitment from the pension fund in Markstone Capital Partners, which invests in Israeli-based companies. The state retirement fund, which has invested in the Markstone fund since 2003, remains an investor in the fund. . .

    . . . Mr. Cuomo would not identify three of the four officials who allegedly accepted Mr. Broidy’s bribes because they have not been charged and because the investigation is ongoing. Mr. Cuomo acknowledged that David Loglisci, formerly chief investment officer for the state retirement fund, who faces state criminal charges in connection with the pay-to-play scheme, was the fourth recipient of Mr. Broidy’s bribes. None of the officials still works in the state comptroller’s office, he said.

    Mr. Cuomo said Mr. Broidy’s bribes included a concealed $300,000 gift to Mr. Loglisci’s family for the production of a film; payments to friends of the state comptroller’s office officials; a sham consulting contract awarded to the relative of one of the four officials; and luxury travel in Israel and Italy provided to one of the officials and their relatives. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.pionline.com/article/20091203/ONLINE/912039987/former-markstone-capital-chairman-broidy-pleads-guilty-to-bribery

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 7, 2016, 9:32 am

      P.S. ALSO SEE: “Donald Trump’s New Fundraiser’s Israel Connection” | Haaretz | May 26, 2016
      The vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, Elliott Broidy, was removed as chairman of the Tel Aviv-based venture capital firm Markstone Capital Partners after paying bribes to pension fund managers.

      Elliott Broidy, the American-Jewish venture capitalist and the deposed chairman of Tel Aviv-based Markstone Capital Partners, has been appointed deputy chairman of a fundraising organization for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign.

      Broidy was removed as chairman of Markstone Capital after admitting to paying nearly $1 million in bribes to pension fund managers in New York State. He is still thought to have extensive political ties in Israel.

      Broidy’s appointment as vice chairman of the Trump Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee sponsored by Trump and the Republican National Committee, comes just weeks after Steven Mnuchin, a Jewish Hollywood film producer and former Goldman Sachs executive, was named Trump’s national finance chairman.

      About a decade and a half ago, Broidy decided to combine a Zionist act and a business opportunity in establishing a major venture capital fund that would operate in Israel. He used his ties with Alan Hevesi, the New York state comptroller at the time, who was also active in the Jewish community, to raise $250 million for the fund from the New York State pension fund, which had $100 billion under its management in the time.

      The stated Zionist mission of the fund as well as Broidy’s ties meant that there was a lot of politics involved in establishing Markstone Capital. In mid-2003, when Israel’s finance minister, and now prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, visited New York and met with finance officials from New York’s state government, the matter of the establishment of Markstone also came up. [PHOTO OF BROIDY AND NETANYAHU]

      Following that visit, the chairman of Israel’s Histadrut labor federation at the time, Amir Peretz, approached American labor union leaders asking for their help with the new fund. That brought in an additional $50 million for Markstone.

      In the end, however, Markstone turned out to be one of the most resounding financial failures in the history of the Israel capital market. Broidy was removed as its chairman in late 2009 after being accused of paying bribes to New York pension fund managers, allegations that he ultimately admitted to, acknowledging giving nearly a million dollars to state officials in return for the pension funds’ investment of roughly $250 million in Markstone Capital.

      Broidy, who invested in the past in several Israeli startup companies, is understood to have extensive political ties in Israel. He was also a regular dinner partner of the late Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

      SOURCE – http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/u-s-election-2016/.premium-1.721712

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 7, 2016, 11:12 am

      P.P.S. THE “REFORM” GOVERNOR (OF GEORGIA) WITH A BIT OF A SWEET TOOTH – https://www.facebook.com/notes/john-lewis-dickerson/the-reform-governor-with-a-bit-of-a-sweet-tooth/10208874412394232

    • JLewisDickerson
      June 7, 2016, 1:28 pm

      P.P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “Markstone Backers Looking at 40% Loss on Their Investment” | By Michael Rochvarger | Haaretz.com | Nov 20, 2014
      • Troubled private equity holdings valued at just $514 million after a decade of operation.

      [EXCERPT] The Markstone Capital Group, a private equity fund that has been buffeted by a series of bad investments and the untimely death of a founding partner, has so far generated losses of 40% for its investors, after a decade of operations.

      In its third-quarter report, released over the weekend, the fund valued its portfolio of companies at just $514 million, 30% less than the $735 million it raised when it got started 10 years ago. Adding in the estimated $80 million in management fees Markstone has collected over the years, the losses to its investors amount to 40%.

      However, the report also showed that the fund was finally steadying itself after a storm in the first half of 2014, when Amir Kess died in an auto accident and the bookstore chain Steimatzky — one of the fund’s key holdings — came close to collapse. Moti Weiss, formerly of the Viola Credit fund, came on board to help Markstone’s remaining partner, Ron Lubash, to manage the fund.

      The key to stabilizing Markstone was raising some $80 million in fresh capital from investors six months ago. That was less than the $95 million it was hoping to get: Many investors, especially on the Israeli side, objected to putting more money into the fund.

      In the end, however, Markstone’s foreign backers put in about $73 million. Realizing that they opened themselves up to further losses and possible loss suits, its Israeli investors — a group that includes the Clal, Menorah, Harel and Phoenix insurance companies as well as investment houses Meitav Dash and Poalim Capital Markets — added another $7 million to the kitty. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/1.627391

      P.P.P.P.S. FROM Haaretz.com ~ Jan 28, 2016:

      ■ Failed Markstone fund divests last of its assets
      Markstone Capital, the failed private equity fund, sold off the last of its major assets this week, leaving its backers with losses of about 40% on the $735 million they put into the fund after it was formed in 2004.
      Markstone sold the jewelry retailer Magnolia to Ben Yehuda Jewelry, a Jerusalem company that has been one of its biggest suppliers. Ben Yehuda paid just a few million shekels for the chain, which Markstone bought in 2007 for $30 million, but agreed to take on debt of tens of millions of shekels more and to make a further payment if Magnolia’s operating performance improves in the next few years. 
      The sale follows Markstone’s divesting its 23% stake in Psagot Investment House to the Apax Partners fund for 450 million shekels ($113 million). The proceeds of that sale will go to repaying banks and bondholders. (Michael Rochvarger)

      SOURCE – http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/business/.premium-1.699979

  19. Elizabeth Block
    June 7, 2016, 10:04 am

    The province of Ontario just defeated a similar law. It wouldn’t have passed a court challenge; Canada has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms which includes freedom of speech.
    And Canada’s federal Parliament passed a “resolution” condemning BDS. Resolutions have no force in law, but they can scare people.

    And shame on Harvard! Next time I get a schnorr sheet (a.k.a. a request for a donation) I’ll mention this.

    Elizabeth Block ’65

  20. Albert Westpy
    June 7, 2016, 11:30 am

    Republicans or Democrats both capitalist and both can be purchased with as little as 30 pieces of silver.

    • Doubtom
      June 8, 2016, 12:39 am

      Someone should wake up Cuomo and Schumer and remind each that neither was elected to represent Israel!

  21. Ossinev
    June 7, 2016, 12:04 pm

    “a movement that is just totally unfair to Israel”

    Sob Sob = a four year old crocodile tears moment.

    Poor little Fascist Apartheid JSIL. Everybody is being so unfair to it.

  22. mariapalestina
    June 7, 2016, 1:09 pm

    I contacted The New York State Division of Tourism to inform them that a planned family trip to New York City and New York State will be cancelled. Takes 30 seconds, here.

    http://www.iloveny.com/travel-tools/contact-us/#.V1ZVFpMrKpd

  23. Les
    June 7, 2016, 7:32 pm

    Rally at Governor Cuomo’s New York City Office on June 9

    When: Thursday June 9 5:30 PM
    Where: Cuomo’s NYC office 633 Third Avenue (between 40th and 41st) New York City

    On Sunday Governor Cuomo signed an executive order that would punish groups involved in the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement supporting Palestinian rights. This Thursday we will respond to his undemocratic action by holding a rally outside his NYC office. Please join CODEPINK, Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace-NY; and Jews Say No! in telling Cuomo that he may not assault the First Amendment and our right to boycott!

    This week begins the 50th year of the occupation of the West bank and East Jerusalem. We know how crucial the BDS work such as the Remodel RE/MAX and Airbnb Stolen Homes campaigns are, and that is why we must not let Gov. Cuomo get away with attacking our right to boycott!

  24. upsondundas
    June 7, 2016, 8:18 pm

    So much for the land of the free? Bollocks

  25. weiss
    June 8, 2016, 2:29 pm

    Schumer is the Posterboy for Term Limits.

    Absolutely disgusting comments by him…

    After that hysterical and “pernicious” rant
    I really feel like I need to take a shower now…

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