Gov. Cuomo wrong on boycott of boycotters

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order directing state entities to divest public funds supporting the boycotts, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, which is supposed to punish businesses that boycott Israel because of its harsh treatment of the Palestinian people, is eerily reminiscent of Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s efforts to suppress and restrict political criticism [“Guv’s anti-boycott order is disturbing overreach,” Editorial, June 8].

McCarthy’s philosophy led to the blacklisting of many loyal Americans by the House Un-American Activities Committee. President Harry S. Truman said, “In a free country, we punish men for the crimes they commit, but never for the opinions they have.”

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By circumventing the democratic process, Cuomo has placed his own political views, supporting a foreign country, before those of the people of New York.

Christopher L. GioiaFranklin Square