February 21, 2024
Gov. Gavin Newsom with Israeli President Isaac Herzog. Picture launched by Israel

Gov. Gavin Newsom flew to Israel on Thursday after pledging $10 million in state funds to extend legislation enforcement presence at synagogues and mosques due to the conflict began by Hamas.

“Amid the horror unfolding within the Center East following the unconscionable terrorist assaults in Israel, California is authorizing the speedy deployment of funds to extend safety and police presence at locations of worship throughout the state,” Newsom mentioned. “Regardless of how and the place one prays, each Californian deserves to be protected.”

The state will reimburse native governments for the prices related to the elevated patrols. Along with the legislation enforcement funding, the state will grant $20 million to nonprofit organizations to enhance their bodily safety.

Prior to now two weeks, each the Home of Israel in Balboa Park and the Islamic Heart of San Diego in Clairemont have been vandalized.

The Governor’s announcement was praised by representatives of each the Jewish and Muslim communities in California.

“These vital safety sources will make an enormous distinction and ship a robust message when so many in our group are feeling on edge,” mentioned Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel and Sen. Scott Wiener, co-chairs of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. “California can’t stand idly by whereas the Jewish group or some other susceptible group is threatened by hate and extremism.”

“We welcome Governor Newsom’s proactive measures to guard Californians,” mentioned Hussam Ayloush, CEO of the Council on American-Islamic Relations California. “California Muslims are more and more anxious as we observe harmful rhetoric that continues to dehumanize Palestinians and Muslims, and which ends up in an increase in anti-Muslim incidents focusing on college students, staff, and on a regular basis Muslims of their properties or on the road. Everybody deserves to be protected.”

Few particulars of Newsom’s itinerary in Israel had been launched, however he mentioned he deliberate to satisfy a few of these individuals affected by the conflict.

“Thanks Governor of California,” mentioned Israeli President Isaac Herzog, “on your go to of solidarity to Israel. We are going to always remember our buddies who stood by Israel in our most troublesome instances.”

The governor’s day-long go to to Israel is a cease on an longer economic-development and climate-action mission to China.