Hawkins Criticizes Cuomo for Israel Trip
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, today criticized Cuomo for his campaign trip to Israel.
"Cuomo is not yet running for President. As Governor, he should be facing up to his interference with the Moreland Commission and block the cleaning up of corruption at the State Capitol. This seems like just another bad attempt to change the topic," remarked Hawkins.
Hawkins also criticized Cuomo for supporting Israeli's attacks on Gaza which has killed more than a thousand civilians, including many children.
"The Green Party has always condemned attacks on civilians by any side. The reality is that Israel has turned Gaza into an open prison camp. The Democrats and Republicans have proved themselves incapable of being an honest broker for peace because they blindly stand with Israel no matter how outrageous its crimes against the Palestinian people. We need to elect Greens so that the US can join the rest of the world in supporting peace in the Middle East, starting with an end to the illegal occupation," noted Hawkins.
The Green Party has long supported the call for New York State to divest state funds from Israel. In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights.
Hawkins also supports divestment from fossil fuels and from for-profit prisons.