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April 5, 2017 – Adalah-NY stands in solidarity with Palestinian BDS activist Omar Barghouti, in direct opposition to the Israeli government efforts to silence him and shut down the BDS movement, and affirms our determination to continue to build powerful BDS campaigns in support of justice and Palestinian rights.

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Albany Times Union

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The fallout over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order directing state agencies to stop doing business with organizations involved in the BDS, or Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, is continuing.

On Wednesday, a group organized by the Freedom to Boycott NYS Coalition, marched from the Mt. Kisco, Westchester train station toward the home that Cuomo shares with Food Network Sandra Lee.

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Treyf Podcast

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We’re joined by Hani Ghazi, organizer with Adalah NY, for a new instalment of BDS Watch Watch about NY Governor Cuomo’s recent executive order to criminalize BDS.

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The Indypendent

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On June 5, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a first-in-the-nation executive order that requires all state agencies under his jurisdiction to cease their dealings with companies and institutions that back the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Hani Ghazi of Adalah-NY, the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel noted that the recent attempts to outlaw BDS reveal the movement’s effectiveness and politicians’ fears of the powerful pro-Israel lobby.

Press Release

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel calls on individuals and groups to oppose the Executive Order by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that prohibits New York State agencies from dealing with companies and institutions that support the boycott of Israel.  

Boycott is an effective moral strategy that has been used to advocate for justice from Montgomery, Alabama to the fields of California, from Arizona to North Carolina to South Africa. Just two months ago Governor Cuomo himself effectively acknowledged boycott’s power to support human rights by banning taxpayer-funded trips to North Carolina to oppose the state’s discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Whether struggling for freedom for African Americans, farm workers, immigrants, trans people, South Africans, or Palestinians, we must stand together to affirm our right to engage in political action.  

The Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement calls on people to refuse to do business with institutions that profit from or are complicit with Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. 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. We must fight together to reverse Governor Cuomo's dangerous decision. 

ACTION ALERT

In December 2013, the American Studies Association (ASA) voted to endorse the academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. This decision is perhaps the largest victory of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement in the United States, and it has provoked a major backlash by university officials and politicians.

Please sign our petition HERE.

As organizers of New York City’s Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), we are dismayed to learn that New York’s LGBT Center has canceled the scheduled March 5 “Party to End Apartheid” that was to take place there.  We are equally dismayed that the Center also has banned one of the organizers of this event, and a member of our coalition, the Siegebusters Working Group, from holding its regular meeting at the Center. Israeli Apartheid Week, now entering its seventh year internationally and its fifth year in New York City, is a series of events designed to educate people about Israel’s apartheid nature and to build Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns in concordance with the just demands of Palestinian civil society.

In 2008, The LGBT Center hosted an Israeli Apartheid Week event discussing the boycott campaign against Israeli billionaire, diamond manufacturer, and settlement builder Lev Leviev.  This year’s IAW in New York includes conversations about BDS as a tactic, discussions of recent protests and revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa, a book release party for NY spoken word artist Remi Kanazi, and a discussion with queer theorist Judith Butler and filmmaker John Greyson. These events will be taking place in many venues across the city, including university campuses and churches.

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