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June 9, 2016

FYI: Today: Defend First Amendment Against Cuomo’s New McCarthyism

From: Torres, Azalia
Sent: Thursday, June 09, 2016 11:16 AM
Subject: FYI: Today: Defend First Amendment Against Cuomo’s New McCarthyism


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Thursday, June 9th, 5:30 PM
Outside Gov. Cuomo’s office, 633 3rd Avenue between 40th and 41st
Organized by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel; Jewish Voice for Peace-NY; and Jews Say No!

Tell Gov. Cuomo: We will proudly continue to stand for justice and boycott Israel until it complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights!

State-sanctioned backlash against the movement for Palestinian human rights has reached a new low: Gov. Cuomo just signed a McCarthyite executive order requiring state agencies to divest from organizations that support the Palestinian call to boycott companies profiting from, or cultural institutions complicit in, Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. Furthermore, the order requires the creation of a publicly available blacklist of all companies and institutions that support the movement.

Boycott is a time-honored tool of communities across the globe. Cuomo’s move is blatantly unconstitutional and is shamelessly designed to attack the movement for Palestinian human rights.

Please join us! Tell Gov. Cuomo: We will continue to stand for justice and boycott Israel until the Palestinian people achieve freedom, justice, and equality. We will continue to boycott Israel because it is the right thing to do.

Please RSVP to the Facebook event here and share with friends:



Protest Gov. Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Executive Order
Gov. Cuomo, Rescind Your Unconstitutional Executive Order


Statement on Cuomo’s Anti-BDS Executive Order
“Executive Order No. 157 is a blatantly unconstitutional attack on freedom of speech and establishes a dangerous precedent reminiscent of McCarthyism. It is unprecedented for a state to create a list of entities that support or engage in a First Amendment protected political activity, and deny them financial benefits because of it. Boycotts are a constitutionally-protected form of speech, association and assembly, and have a long history of being used successfully to address injustice and demand political change.”

The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US
“Students and scholars discuss the backlash they have experienced for engaging in Palestine advocacy. These and hundreds of other cases are documented in “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack in the US,” a report released by the Center for Constitutional Rights and Palestine Legal in September 2015.”

What to know about anti-BDS legislation
“The Supreme Court has long held that boycotts to bring about political, economic, and social change – like boycotts for Palestinian rights – are a form of expression protected by the First Amendment rights of speech, assembly, association, and petition. The government may not condition the receipt of government benefits on the requirement that a person forgo core political speech activity. Nor can the government enact measures that chill our speech rights.”

Video: Ali Abunimah: NY Governor Blacklists BDS to Defend Israeli Apartheid
“NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo ban on state business with organizations that support the boycott movement is unconstitutional and panders to Israel, says Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah.”

Palestinian-Americans respond to New York Governor’s Anti-BDS Executive Order
“When Cuomo says he opposes BDS, he’s saying he opposes international law and equality for Palestinians. Thankfully there are many in New York who do not let him speak for them.”


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