(April 8, 2019 / JNS) A resolution has been introduced by three Republican senators that recognizes Israeli-Americans for their heritage and culture, and as a group that should have protections against discrimination.
Introduced by Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the resolution states that “the Israeli-American community has contributed immensely to the society and culture of the United States; and condemns all forms of discrimination that aim to marginalize or disenfranchise members of the Israeli-American community.”
It also says that “Israeli-Americans have helped form a strong bond between the people of the United States and the people of Israel, reinforcing the shared values and interests between the two countries.”
Cramer, a freshman senator and former congressman, announced the resolution at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual meeting in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The Israeli-American Council’s political arm applauded the resolution.
“We serve as a vital bridge in the relationship between America and our essential ally, Israel. The IAC for Action looks forward to working with lawmakers across the aisle in the coming weeks to pass a bipartisan legislation that recognizes the contributions of our community in the halls of Congress,” the organization told JNS in a statement.