NY governor condemns United States anti-Semitism on Israel trip

Posted March 07, 2017

The rash of antisemitic incidents that has hit the the U.S. is "disgusting" and "reprehensible", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Sunday at Yad Vashem during a whirlwind one-day unity trip to Israel's Cuomo said there have been some 100 acts of antisemitism in the USA in recent weeks, including in New York, something he said "violates every tenet of the New York State tradition".

Speaking at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Cuomo says the incidents "violated every tenant of the New York State tradition". "That will not change".

The fact that so many Christians and Muslims, came to aid the Jewish communities sends the clearest message against racism and hatred.

Cuomo announced the new 22-member panel amid a spike in anti-Semitism in the Big Apple and around the country.

Cuomo also visited Florida last week to talk about union labor and co-authored a letter with Van Jones to USA Today about criminal justice reform.

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Cuomo made the announcement while traveling overseas in Israel on Sunday. I will be here again.

Rivlin added: "The same appreciation goes to President Trump, who condemned the recent attacks".

Following a meeting with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the Governor announced the creation of a New York-Israel Commission, charged with assisting in the creation and promotion of opportunities for thedevelopment of new programs and economic partnerships celebrating the relationship between New York State and the State of Israel. "We can never, ever, let that change". He will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, tour Yad Vashem and the Western Wall and attend a security briefing at Jerusalem's Old City Police Headquarters.

During his trip, Governor Cuomo also designated the first Sunday in June as Shimon Peres day in honor of the late Peres.

Cuomo said he wouldn't discuss "politics" with Netanyahu when asked his thoughts on the corruption probes surrounding the prime minister.

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