June 16, 2008
Photo essay: Mayor Villaraigosa in Israel
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa inaugurated a state-of-the-art computer learning program in the besieged Israeli town of Sderot Friday, June 13.
Leading a delegation of community leaders and politicians, Villaraigosa presented the computers to Sderot residents so that they could continue learning despite constant rocket fire by Palestinians in the neighboring Gaza Strip.
Los Angeles-based Israel Leadership Club (ILC), which initiated and -sponsored the computer initiative, provided The Journal with these photos. Danny Alpert, ILC’s Co-Founder and co-Chairman said during a memorable speech in the city he said, “Today we mark a significant milestone in fulfilling our commitment to the young generation in Sderot. We mark a key point new stage for the relationship between the community in Los Angeles and the city of Sderot. Together, we provide the children of Sderot with the opportunity to receive proper education just like the children of Los Angeles receive.”
Right to left:: Danny Alpert, Mayor Villaraigosa and MK Michael Eitan in Sderot
R-L: Miriam Sassi, Sderot Municipal Education Director, gives Alpert an award from the city. In the background: Mayor Villaraigosa with the kids’ delegation who took an active part in the Live for Sderot concert. Behind them from right: MK Eitan, Councilmember Jack Weiss and Sdeort’s Mayor Eli Moya
From right: Consul General Jacob Dayan, Alpert, MK Eitan, Villaraigosa, Representative from CET who provides services to the project