New York - NYC Mayor Heading To Israel, Financed By Israeli Entrepreneur
New York - With Israelis on heightened alert after a recent rash of stabbings, the head of an Israeli investment group has volunteered to finance the cost of Mayor de Blasio’s upcoming three day trip to Israel where the mayor will speak out against anti-Semitism.
Baruch Eliezer Gross, founder and chairman of Jerusalem’s Besadno Group, will be covering travel and hotel expenses for de Blasio and his staffers, who will be arriving in Israel on Friday, October 16th to take part in the Annual Conference of Mayors. The mayor will be the keynote speaker at the event and will be addressing the topic of “Anti-Semitism in the West: How Cities Must Lead.”
In a statement furnished to VIN News, Gross noted that de Blasio has a long history of standing up against anti-Semitic acts.
“I’m honored to join Mayor de Blasio in his fight against anti-Semitism and in support of tolerance,” Gross told VIN News. “New York City can provide other cities with a model for protecting all communities against hate. I look forward to the Mayor’s visit and his remarks in Jerusalem.”
The conference, an opportunity for dozens of mayors from around the world to discuss current issues and challenges, is being hosted by by the American Jewish Congress, American Council for World Jewry, and World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jewry.
The cost of the trip could have been covered by the city because both security and anti-Semitism are continued sources of concern in New York City. The NYPD will be footing the bill for all security costs associated with the trip.
Gross, who has over 30 years of experience as a business entrepreneur, has established companies in the United States, Europe and Israel.
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