Orthodox Union Leadership Commends Gov. Cuomo’s anti-BDS Executive Order

Posted on June 6, 2016 In Press Releases


On Sunday, the Orthodox Union, the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization, expressed support for New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s announcement that he would issue an executive order prohibiting the state from doing business with any entity associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel movement.

Allen I. Fagin, Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union, said:

“I was privileged to join Gov. Andrew Cuomo this morning in Manhattan where he once again took decisive action and demonstrated his steadfast commitment to the safety and security of the Jewish community both in New York and worldwide. Gov. Cuomo sent a strong message to the world that New Yorkers and all those who value freedom will stand together against hatred and terrorism. On behalf of the Jewish community in New York and across the United States, we applaud Gov. Cuomo for his leadership and friendship.”

Nathan Diament, Executive Director of the OU Advocacy Center, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, said:

“The OU Advocacy Center has actively advocated for measures that will keep our communities safe both in the U.S. and abroad. We believe the BDS movement is, at its core, anti-Semitic and runs counter to the founding principles of this country. We commend the governor for his exceptional leadership on this issue.”