Ocasio-Cortez Backs N.Y. Bill Limiting Donations to Israeli Settlements

June 7, 2024
The New York Times

...Assemblyman Zohran Mamdani and State Senator Jabari Brisport introduced the bill, called the “Not on Our Dime” act, months before the Oct. 7 attack, saying it was an effort to prevent tax-exempt donations from subsidizing violence by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. It was widely criticized by Albany lawmakers and declared a “nonstarter.” Now its sponsors say they plan to revise the bill to prohibit “aiding and abetting” the resettling of the Gaza Strip or providing “unauthorized support” for Israeli military activity that violates international law.

“There’s a newfound consciousness in our country with regards to the urgency of Palestinian human rights, and we have to propose and advocate for legislation that reflects public sentiment,” Mr. Mamdani said in a recent interview, referring to some of Israel’s violence toward people in Gaza and the West Bank as “war crimes.”

The New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and numerous Arab, Muslim and left-leaning nonprofits previously backed the bill, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace and the Adalah Justice project...

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