During his visit to Israel, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised to fight antisemitism in the United States, in wake of the recent upsurge, including many vandalized Jewish cemeteries.
“We must have zero tolerance for any abuse or discrimination of any fellow human being. It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenant of the New York state tradition.” Cuomo said.
Antisemitic hate crimes have seen a strong increase in New York City alone. Cuomo noted that the State of New York has formed a special police unit to deal with the repeated threats.
“New York state…is a celebration of diversity; it accepts all…[and] we live by [the] discrimination of none. New York’s principles are built on a rock [and] will not change. We have made it clear that there will be no tolerance for these acts of antisemitism.” Cuomo added.
Cuomo was accompanied by Israeli President, Reuven Rivlin, who heartily thanked him for coming. “Your arrival to Israel at this time is an extremely important signal that the U.S….government will not let antisemitism win.” Rivlin remarked.
“On behalf of the State of Israel, I would like to express our appreciation for your visit and for the clear and powerful message you have sent. The same appreciation goes to President [Donald] Trump, who condemned the recent attacks. And we are deeply touched by Vice President [Mike] Pence who went and gave a hand — and a voice — in fixing the broken gravestones [ed. in Missouri]. The fact that so many…came to aid the Jewish communities sends the clearest message against racism and hatred. It is a sign of great hope and civil courage.”
The investigation concerning the broken headstones in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn, New York and University City, Missouri is ongoing.
Although police arrested a man yesterday, Mr. Juan Thompson upon discovering his recent bomb threats on Jewish institutions nationwide, Thompson was found responsible for only a small percent of those crimes. The investigation will continue.
Source: Israel Hayom
Image: Daily Mail/AP, Sebastian Scheiner
By: Yafit Ovadia