Three students from Rambam Mesivta in Lawrence were selected to address the Nassau County Legislature before the officials voted on barring firms that engage in BDS from doing business with the county.
Juniors Avi Orlow, Noah Schwartz and Josef Silverstein argued in favor of the law which was sponsored by legislator Howard Koppel.
Rambam students helped to fill the chamber. Rosh Mesivta, Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, said he “felt it was important to bring the whole school down to support these most important efforts.”
Two hours before the Legislature convened, the student speakers joined a press conference held on the steps of the county’s executive offices. The boys were well prepared by the assemblies they had at school and through learning Rabbi Yotav Eliach’s class in Zionism. Avi, Noah and Josef outlined how BDS is a façade for anti-Semitism and is disingenuous.
A number of other speakers, including prominent local rabbis, addressed the Legislature. The law passed unanimously, 19–0.