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Mayor Villaraigosa Speaks at AIPAC

May 4, 2009 | 7:46 pm

Recalling his trips to Israel, he cited images from Sderot’s “campus filled with bomb shelters”; teachers “unsure whether their schools or homes would be standing the next day.”

At a time when “fear reigns supreme,” he said, “it is more important than ever to protect the Jewish homeland ...Israel must and will remain a Jewish state (applause).  “The U.S. Israel relationship is unbreakable.”

On Iran, he said that leaders of every single city and county “must steer clean of companies that do business with Iran” (applause).

Israel, he said, has a “friend in the city of angels.”

At the end of the day, anytime you’re looking for a true friend of Israel, don’t hesitate to call, I’ll always be there.”

Saying that Israel’s struggle in the Middle East echoes his own Hispanic community’s “struggle for civil rights,” “fighting for freedom,” he said that when it comes to the Jewish state, “my roots run deep” - from his mother, who “believed in diversity,” to teacher Herman Katz, who saw the potential in drop outs.

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