From: R Isseroff <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 8:52 PM
Subject: From Raanan - BDS Exec Order and Council Resolution wording
No. 157: Directing State Agencies and Authorities to Divest Public Funds Supporting BDS Campaign Against Israel
WHEREAS, the State of New York and Israel enjoy a special historical relationship and share a commonly forged cultural bond;
WHEREAS, the State of New York does not support boycott related tactics that are used to threaten the sovereignty and security of allies and trade partners of the United States;
WHEREAS, in 2005, elements of Palestinian civil society issued a call for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee;
WHEREAS, the State of New York unequivocally rejects the BDS campaign and stands firmly with Israel;
WHEREAS, the State of New York will not permit its own investment activity to further the BDS campaign in any way, shape or form, whether directly or indirectly;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, ANDREW M. CUOMO, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of New York, do hereby order as follows:
A. "Affected State Entities" means (i) all agencies and departments over which the Governor has executive authority, and (ii) all public-benefit corporations, public authorities, boards, and commissions, for which the Governor appoints the Chair, the Chief Executive, or the majority of Board Members, except for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
B. "Boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel" means to engage in any activity, or promote others to engage in any activity, that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with Israel or persons doing business in Israel for purposes of coercing political action by, or imposing policy positions on, the government of Israel.
C. "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of the Office of General Services.
II. PUBLICLY AVAILABLE LIST OF BDS ASSETS
A. Not later than 180 days after the date of this Executive Order, the Commissioner shall develop a list of institutions and companies that the Commissioner determines, using credible information available to the public, participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary. Such list, when completed, shall be posted on the website of the Office of General Services.
B. The Commissioner shall update the list every 180 days.
C. Prior to placing any institution or company on the list, the Commissioner shall provide to the particular institution or company written notice of the Commissioner's intent to include the institution or company on the list, and shall allow such institution or company a period of at least 90 days to present the Commissioner with evidence that the institution or company does not in fact participate in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary.
D. Where, pursuant to Section II(C) above, the Commissioner makes a good faith determination that the institution or company does not in fact engage in boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity targeting Israel, either directly or through a parent or subsidiary, the Commissioner shall not include the institution or company on the list.
III. DIVESTMENT OF CERTAIN PUBLIC FUNDS
A. All Affected State Entities are hereby directed to divest their money and assets from any investment in any institution or company that is included on the Commissioner's list pursuant to Section II above.
B. This Executive Order shall not be construed to require the premature or otherwise imprudent divestment of money and assets, but Affected State Entities shall achieve compliance with the directive in Section III(A) above no later than one year after the issuance of this Executive Order.
IV. NO FURTHER INVESTMENTS IN BDS ASSETS
A. No money or assets shall be invested by any Affected State Entity in the future in any institution or company that is included on the Commissioner's list pursuant to Section II above.
FURTHER, this Order shall take effect immediately and shall remain in effect until further notice.
The boycott campaign is intended to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into allowing concessions to Palestine.(Sebastian Scheiner/AP)
Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli warned "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" advocates that such moves were economically dangerous.(Mike Groll/AP)
City Council Passes Anti-BDS Resolution Amid Tense Debate Over Movement's Legitimacy
The City Council is proposing a resolution which would condemn "all efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel and the global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the people of Israel."(LEFTERIS PITARAKIS/AP)
Arab civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, shown here in 2014, says the proposed resolution violates the right to protest.(Susan Watts/New York Daily News)
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