Rockland Bans Israel Boycotters From County Business

NEW CITY, N.Y. -

The Rockland County legislature voted unanimously Tuesday night to require individuals or companies seeking to do business with the county to submit a certificate declaring that they do not engage in any boycott of Israel.

The bill, sponsored by legislator Lon M. Hofstein, helps protect against the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement which seeks to delegitimize Israel through economic isolation, the New City Republican said.

“Israel is one of our greatest allies and we cannot stand idly by as harm is done to it,” Hofstein said. “The BDS movement engages in and promotes discriminatory policy. This behavior not only hurts New York state, its interests and its citizens, but it seeks to advance anti-Semitic, anti-freedom and anti-capitalism principles.”

In 2016, Israel was the fifth largest recipient of New York state’s exports, at nearly $5 billion, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order barring Israel boycotters from doing business with the state. Tuesday’s vote affects local Rockland County taxpayer dollars.

The bill now heads to county executive Ed Day for his signature. If he vetoes it, the 16-0 vote ensures it will be overridden.