New York state releases list of foreign firms that back BDS
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New York state releases list of foreign firms that back BDS

Danske Bank, FreedomCall UK and Vitens NV among the companies named; no American businesses on the list

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a first-in-the-nation Executive Order directing the divestment of public funds supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)  campaign against Israel during a breakfast meeting at the Harvard Club, New York City, June 5, 2016. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signs a first-in-the-nation Executive Order directing the divestment of public funds supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel during a breakfast meeting at the Harvard Club, New York City, June 5, 2016. (Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)

New York state released a blacklist of 13 foreign companies that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, known by the acronym BDS, against Israel.

The list on stationary from the Office of General Services is dated December 2. It was first reported by the New York Post.

Among the companies on the list are Danske Bank, FreedomCall UK and Vitens NV.

None of the businesses are American, the Post reported, citing state officials, who also told the newspaper they do not believe any state agency has financial dealings with them.

In June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order against BDS hours before the start of New York City’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade. The order requires state agencies to divest themselves of companies and organizations aligned with the BDS movement.

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