In a display of solidarity with Israel, the NYS Senate passed a bill today prohibiting NYS from engaging in business with companies that seek to harm Israel or other U.S. allies through boycotts and economic discrimination. Sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (R-C-I, Mineola) and
Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), the bill (entitled S6378A) will expand state law to ensure that New York is prevented from entering a state contract with anyone seeking to economically harm U.S. allies.
“New York taxpayers need to be protected from becoming unwitting supporters of those who are
trying to undermine our greatest ally, Israel, and other critical allies,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said.
“We are demonstrating that New York will continue to stand with our
international partners and protect our shared interests.”
In the words of Sen. Felder, “Those who advocate and engage in boycotts
against Israel, and who promote anti-Semitic ideology, have no place as a
state contractor. This is very meaningful legislation that protects our
nation’s allies and stands up against bigotry and injustice.”
At present, NYS law prevents the State from engaging in boycotts against U.S. allies. Nevertheless, NYS could indirectly support a boycott by “providing state monies to to businesses or individuals that participate in boycotts like the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.” The new legislation would prevent this from happening through an expansion of state law that would prohibit “state contracting with, or state investment in businesses or individuals that promote or engage in activities to boycott, sanction, or divest in Israel and other American allied nations,” according to a NY Senate press release.
According to Brooklyn Sen. Martin Golden, “New York has always
stood by our Nation’s most trusted ally Israel and will do whatever it
takes to help protect their interests and safety.”
“Today we say New York is closed for business for those contractors who participate in subversive
activity or try to disrupt Israel’s economy. We will remain ever diligent
that New York remains steadfast in its commitment to our allies.”