Amid wave of anti-Semitism, NY gov shows ‘solidarity’ with Israel visit
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Amid wave of anti-Semitism, NY gov shows ‘solidarity’ with Israel visit

Andrew Cuomo scheduled to meet Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin in trip also geared toward advancing business ties

In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of the media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo was set to arrive in Israel on Sunday for a visit that he has described as a gesture of solidarity spurred by acts of anti-Semitism at Jewish cemeteries, college campuses and community centers across the United States.

Cuomo announced the trip Wednesday during a speech to Orthodox Jewish students, parents and teachers advocating at the state capitol for increased funding for religious schools.

“I want to say to the people of Israel and I want to say to the Jewish community in New York, you are not alone, and every person in the state of New York with any decency and understanding of what it means to be a New Yorker stands with you at this moment,” he said.

Cuomo denounced local and national incidents of vandalism and threats as “repugnant,” echoing a speech he had given earlier in the day at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center.

Speaking to The News York Times on Friday, Cuomo said showing support to the local Jewish community was not enough to tackle the growing phenomenon.

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