NJ: Pro-Israel Bills Pass Assembly Committee

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Legislation honoring Israel was advanced today by an Assembly panel, including plans to make permanent the New Jersey Israel Commission and to commemorate Israel’s 60th anniversary.

The New Jersey-Israel Commission was established in 1988 to honor Israel’s 40th anniversary and promote trade, science and technology, tourism and cultural and economic exchanges. An executive order extended the commission to 2012, but legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle  (both D-Bergen) would make it permanent

The bill (A-3162) was released 5-0 by the Assembly State Government Committee.

“Israel has been a steadfast friend and faithful ally of the United States over the past six decades, all the while showing immense bravery in the face of countless terrorist attacks,” said Johnson. “It’s also developed one of the world’s most vibrant economies, so anything New Jersey can do to promote and maintain ties with Israel is the right thing to do.”

The committee also voted 5-0 to congratulate Israel on the 60th anniversary of its independence. That bill is sponsored by Johnson and Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Camden).

The measure (AJR78/102) notes Israel was established following World War II as a place where the world’s Jewish community could practice their religion free from persecution and discrimination.

“Given the close political, economic and cultural ties between Israel and the United States,  it’s fitting to recognize and honor Israel on the 60th anniversary of its founding,” said Lampitt. “Israel is a friend and ally of the United States and has come to this nation’s aid in times of crisis. We should commemorate and honor what its accomplished.”

The measure honoring Israel’s anniversary is also sponsored by Assemblywomen Marcia Karrow (R-Hunterdon) and Caroline Casagrande (R-Monmouth).

Both measures now head to the Assembly Speaker who will decide if and when to post them for a floor vote.

(YWN Desk – NYC)