New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on Sunday, commanding government agencies to divest funds from, and refuse to do business with, companies and groups participating in the Palestinian-backed boycott of Israel.
State agencies and departments will then be required to divest money and assets from such groups and will be forbidden from investing in them in the future.
New York’s legislature has previously considered similar bills, but Gov. Cuomo said an executive order was needed to take urgent action because “Israel is under attack.”
“We cannot allow that to happen,” he said. “If you boycott against Israel, New York will boycott you.”