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".
He will return to NY on Monday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited Israel on Sunday, March 6, 2017, to show solidarity with the country amid a wave of anti-Semitism. Both those efforts factored in to the presidential buzz.
Cuomo also announced a new partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the New York Genome Center to kickstart biomedical research and create jobs in the life sciences field.
Cuomo traveled to Israel this weekend to strengthen economic ties and demonstrate New York's unwavering friendship and support in the wake of recent attacks in the Jewish community.
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While in Israel, Cuomo met with other top leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and visited a number of historic sites like the western wall. Following the briefing, the Governor and Minister held a media availability.
"We hope that the actions being taken by Governor Cuomo will serve as a precedent for other states nationwide", said Moishe Bane, President of the Orthodox Union.
Governor Cuomo wrote on his Facebook page after his visit to Yad Vashem: "Hineni, I am here. The second objective of this trip is 'Hineini, ' I am here, I have been here before, and I will be here again". Our relationship is enduring.
"It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenet of the NY state tradition", Cuomo told reporters, standing next to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a tour of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre. It is built on love, and that will not change.
Following his visit to the Kotel, the governor wrote: "We must live by the rule that an abuse to one, or an affront to one, is an affront to all".