JP Updates Yom Ha’Shoah – NYC Council Members Levine, Kallos To Introduce Resolution in Commemoration of Holocaust by Jacob Kornbluh
NYC Jewish Caucus chairman, Council Member Mark Levine (D-7th district) and Council Member Ben Kallos (D – 5th district) announced Sunday a resolution calling upon the New York State government to prohibit companies and their affiliates who profited from the Holocaust and have not yet paid restitution, from being awarded government contracts. The resolution will be introduced on Tuesday, April 29 at the City Council Stated Meeting.
Israel is commemorating the Holocaust on Monday, starting Sunday at sundown.
“We honor those who perished by remembering them; we renew our commitment to those who survived by pledging to secure full human rights for all. The Holocaust represents a dark time in our shared human history,” Councilman Mark Levine said in a statment. “Working closely with my colleagues in government, I call on the council to call for a stop the awarding of government contracts to organizations that paid restitution for the genocide of millions.”
“We are all survivors and must never forget. My family is among millions of others to lose our loved ones in the Holocaust,” added Councilman Ben Kallos. “For those corporations that profited from those deaths but failed to make the families of victims whole, I say, ‘we will never forget.’ I call on my colleagues in government to tell these corporations that ‘we will never forget,’ and to stop doing business with the corporations until they finally remember!” sa
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have already passed similar legislation at the federal level, known as the ‘Holocaust Rail Justice Ac.’
In a statement, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney applauded Council Members Levine and Kallos for introducing this resolution on a state level. “The Holocaust would not have been possible without the complicity of corporations that abetted the Nazis in their efforts to eradicate the Jewish people, and we must continue to send the message that those responsible will be held to account regardless of how long it takes,” she said.