Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry
New York Bill to Ban Business With 'Vicious' Israel-Boycotters
By Ari Soffer
26 May 2015
"New York State legislators are working on a bill to ban the state's pension fund from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The proposed bill is being spearheaded by Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn), and already has the support of more than a dozen Assembly Members on both sides of the aisle.
It follows a series of similar bills passed by overwhelming majorities in other US states, most recently in Illinois, where legislators unanimously voted for a bill banning the state from investing in companies which in any
way participate in a boycott of Israel. That bill is now set to be signed by the State’s Governor, at which point it will become official, binding state law.
The Illinois bill is one of the strongest anti-BDS moves in state legislature passed recently, following similar moves by Indiana and Tennessee. Now Hikind wants to replicate that legislation in New York to combat the anti-Israel boycott campaign, which he branded anti-Semitic."