Amid the wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S., New York Governor Andrew Cuomo landed in Israel for an official visit. One of his first stops was Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem museum. Speaking at the museum, Cuomo called the acts of anti-Semitism in America “reprehensible” and “disgusting.”
Cuomo at Yad Vashem Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo landed in Israel this morning (Sunday) and visited the Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem. At Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, Cuomo held a press conference just a few hours after it was reported that another Jewish cemetery in his state was vandalized.
“In New York now and in the United States, we’ve had a rash of anti-Semitism, over one hundred acts of anti-Semitism and I’m sad to say also in my state, the state of New York,” said Cuomo. “It is disgusting. It is reprehensible. It violates every tenet of the New York state tradition. New York state by its definition is a celebration of diversity.”
“Touring Yad Vashem was indeed powerful,” Cuomo continued. “It’s a living lesson of what the Jewish people have gone through and what this world allowed them to go through. It reminds us all of the potential danger. We must live by the rule that an abuse to one and an affront to one is an affront to all.”
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin accompanied Cuomo on his visit to Yad Vashem and delivered a speech. “Your arrival to Israel at this time is an extremely important signal that the U.S. people and government will not let anti-Semitism win,” Rivlin told Cuomo. “Our appreciation goes to President Trump, who condemned the attacks, and we are deeply touched by Vice President Pence, who went and gave a hand and a voice in fixing the broken gravestones.”
Over the past two weeks, four Jewish cemeteries in the U.S. have been vandalized. Two of the cemeteries are located in New York.
During Cuomo’s visit, he is expected to meet with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and successful Israeli businessmen. In addition, he will sit down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.