The UJA Federation of New York and Israeli Ambassador to the UN, thanks Governor Cuomo for directing state agencies to divest all public funds supporting BDS.
By Ben Ariel
The UJA-Federation of New York on Sunday applauded New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who had earlier issued an executive order directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – By Reuters
“UJA-Federation of New York applauds Governor Cuomo for being the first governor in the nation to issue an executive order directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel,” said UJA Federation of New York CEO Eric S. Continue Reading »
US federal appeals court to look into Palestinian Authority appeal against last year’s ruling that ‘it funded, supported, planned and carried out’ multiple terrorist attacks in Israel during 2nd Intifada.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
A federal appeals court in New York will look into the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) appeal against last year’s ruling that it must pay compensation to 10 families of terror victims with US citizenship.
Judge’s Gavel – iStock
The earlier ruling, which took 11 years to achieve, ordered the PA to pay $665 million to the victims of terror attacks during the Second Intifada. This was the first time that a jury ruled in favor of terror victims. Continue Reading »
The New York State Senate passes law his week that prohibits the state from cooperating with all companies that seek to boycott, divestment or pass sanctions against Israel.
By Ben Ariel, Canada
The state of New York this week became the latest state to pass legislation against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
BDS supporters (illustration) – Reuters
The New York State Senate passed a bill that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that seek to harm Israel and other American allies through boycotts and discriminatory economic agendas.
The bill (S6378A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate Distict) and Senator Simcha Felder (17th Senate District), passed on Wednesday. Continue Reading »
The new law doesn’t specifically mention Israel, but the bill’s sponsor Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), noted that academic boycotts of Israel were what inspired him to introduce the legislation.
The New York State Senate approved a bill that would suspend funding to educational institutions that fund groups which boycott Israel.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. – Photo: AP
The legislation, approved Tuesday in a 56-4 vote, bans state funding to colleges that fund organizations boycotting “countries that host higher education institutions chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.”
A number of New York-based universities have Israel branches. Continue Reading »
Ashkelon accepted in New York’s Rockefeller program devoted to assisting cities become more crisis-resilient.
The Rockefeller Foundation in New York announced Wednesday that the Israeli city of Ashkelon will be one of the first 33 cities to be part of its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.
The beach near Ashkelon National Park. – Photo: Moshe Gilad
The challenge, launched after superstorm Sandy devastated New York in 2012, is a $100 million initiative aimed at making cities around the world more resistant to both natural and man-made calamities.
Selected out of hundreds of applicants, Ashkelon will have to instate its own “chief resilience officer” who will work with the Rockefeller team to conceive and implement a broad plan to shock-proof the city from myriad threats, according to media reports. Continue Reading »
The annual Celebrate Israel Parade will take over 5th Avenue from 57th Street to 74th Street in Manhattan this coming Sunday, June 2.
The Parade features 28 floats, 17 marching bands, and 35,000 marchers.
In what promises to be a massive outpouring of heartfelt public affection for the Jewish state, the annual Celebrate Israel Parade will take over Fifth Avenue in Manhattan this coming Sunday, June 2. Featuring 28 floats, 17 marching bands, and 35,000 marchers, the parade will likely attract its usual crowd of hundreds of thousands of joyous spectators, representing a cross-section of the Jewish community and supporters of Israel. Continue Reading »
To help finance the UJA-Federation of New York effort, they opened the ‘Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund’. 100% of all the donations will be used for aid.
By Jerry W. Levin, Alisa R. Doctoroff, and John S. Ruskay
As we hear wrenching firsthand accounts from those experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, it is clear that the recovery will be long and challenging. Millions of lives have been affected in our region. The emotional and economic impact, especially on the isolated elderly and the poor, is acute and will remain so for a long time.
Hurricane Sandy caused massive destruction to homes in Brooklyn and other areas of the New York region. Continue Reading »