(RepublicanPress.org) – New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo published a Washington Post op-ed in the wake of a round of what he called “coldblooded terrorist attacks in Tel Aviv” in June 2016. He wrote of signing an executive order to help protect Israel from future efforts to punish it economically. In keeping with his executive action, he warned New York institutions and companies if they boycotted Israel, “New York will boycott you.” Now, roughly five years later, critics are accusing him of turning his back on that promise.
On July 24, media outlets and critics started hammering Cuomo for remaining silent in the wake of Ben & Jerry’s recent announcement that it would stop selling products in the West Banks’ Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
— New York Post (@nypost) July 24, 2021
Technically, the decision not to sell products in the OPT isn’t a boycott. However, that’s not the way Israelis view the decision. Instead, they accused Ben & Jerry’s of participating in a Palestinian-led boycott effort against Israel. As a result, the Israeli government is asking American states with laws prohibiting boycotts to act against Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s parent company.
Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis answered that call and directed the State Board of Administration to investigate the matter. If it subsequently decides to add Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever to the list of companies boycotting Israel, it must “acquire any and all Unilever assets.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbot is considering similar action.
So, why isn’t Gov. Cuomo speaking out similarly?
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