A New York lawmaker is embarking on a campaign to gain support for a bill that would penalize New York-based nonprofits that support activities in Israeli settlements.
Assemblymember Zohran Mamdani, a Democratic Socialist from Queens, has declared Wednesday a “day of action” on the bill, which he introduced last month. He is taking the campaign to Muslim houses of worship across New York City on Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice and one of the two largest holidays celebrated in Islam.
In an email sent to supporters last week, Mamdani asked for volunteers “to talk to people at the prayer gatherings about the campaign.”
Titled the “Not on our dime!: Ending New York funding of Israeli settler violence act,” a majority of Democrats have pushed back on the bill, including leaders of both state legislatures, who said it targets, in part, Jewish organizations and nonprofits providing assistance to families of terror victims. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said the measure is “a non-starter and it is not something we are considering.”
Mamdani maintains that the bill would only impact tax-exempt donations of more than $50 million from organizations supporting activities “such as aiding and abetting the demolition and arson of Palestinian schools, homes and agricultural land.”