A California pro-Israel group is "thrilled" that one city is
ignoring opposition and upholding a partnership with an Israeli
Sacramento council members will join a pro-Israel group and an
Israeli emergency response organization in dedicating an ambulance
to honor a new sister city. The ambulance was donated by
13-year-old Robert Leeds for his bar mitzvah and will be sent to
the city of Ashkelon in Israel.
Gail Rubin, the Sacramento/Davis area coordinator for StandWithUs,
says the dedication on January 8 will honor Sacramento's new
relationship with its sister city, Ashkelon.
"This ambulance dedication is a 'thank you' to the city of
Sacramento for upholding its principles of sister city
partnerships, despite the efforts of anti-Israel groups who opposed
the resolution last August," Rubin explains. "Ashkelon shares with
Sacramento its status as a port city, and the relationship will
stimulate cultural, economic, and person-to-person exchanges."
Leeds feels the gift shows that he and many others stand with
Israel. The Sacramento City Council voted to partner with Ashkelon
despite opposition from Palestinian Americans and other groups.
In 2009, Sacramento partnered with Ashkelon to match its
partnership with Palestinian-controlled Bethlehem.