By Gina Martinez
A new resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives to recognize the contributions of Jewish Americans.
The resolution, a bipartisan effort from U.S. Reps. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) just in time for Jewish American Heritage Month, recognizes Israeli-American heritage and the contributions of the Israeli-American community.
May is Jewish American Heritage Month and Israeli Independence Day was celebrated May 2.
“Israeli-Americans have made outstanding and lasting contributions to many facets of American society,” Meng said. “From creating technological advancements that we use every day, to starting businesses that employ tens of thousands of Americans, the Israeli-American community continues to thrive, thereby strengthening our economy. As the representative of many hardworking Israeli-Americans, I’m proud to help introduce this important resolution.”
Zeldin said he was proud to introduce the resolution that celebrates the up to 800,000 Israeli-Americans in the United States who have a critical role in our society, specifically in the economy, culture and national security.
“Israeli-Americans contribute in many ways that create jobs and help grow our economy, while strengthening our nation’s national security to protect America’s interests at home and abroad,” Zeldin said. “I encourage all of my House colleagues to support this resolution.”
Israeli-American Council CEO Shoham Nicolet said he was grateful to Meng and Zeldin for leading the effort to recognize the Israeli- American community’s contributions.
“From high-tech to Hollywood, from agriculture to clean energy, Israeli-Americans are making their mark in the U.S. to strengthen our country’s security, economy and future.” Nicolet said.
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