August 19, 2019

GOP Senators Introduce Resolution Favoring Protections for Israeli Americans

Sen. Kevin Cramer, (R-N.D.), left, speaks with Sigal Chattah, the chair of the Nevada chapter of the Israeli-American Civic Action Network, at the annual Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas on April 06, 2019. (Dillon Hosier)

LAS VEGAS (JTA) — Three Republican senators introduced a resolution that recognizes Israeli Americans as a class that deserves protections against discrimination.

The resolution, introduced by Sens. Kevin Cramer, (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), “affirms 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.”

Cramer, a freshman senator, announced the resolution Saturday at the annual meeting in Las Vegas of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The Israeli-American Coalition for Action, the sister advocacy organization of the Israeli-American Council, originally initiated this legislation.

The RJC helped Cramer in the last election, running ads against the Democratic incumbent, Heidi Heitkamp. A major funder of the RJC and the Israeli-American Council is Sheldon Adelson; the RJC annual event takes place at Adelson’s Venetian casino resort.