Texas: Governor Abbott Celebrates 75th Anniversary Of Israel’s Independence

~ Last night, Governor Greg Abbott commemorated the 75th anniversary of Israel's independence at a celebration hosted by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest in Houston. The Governor delivered a keynote address to more than 300 attendees, highlighting the strong connection between Texas and Israel and the ways in which the State of Texas continues to stand with the people of Israel.

"There is an enduring bond between the people of Texas and Israel, sharing the blessings of freedom and burdens of vigilance," said Governor Abbott. "The history of Israel is intertwined with the history of Texas and America, and Texas recognizes that historical significance." He went on to mention that he had signed anti-BDS legislation that bans state agencies from doing business with companies that boycott Israel, as well as awarding $10 million in grants to secure places of worship such as synagogues.

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The Governor was joined at the celebration by Consul General Livia Link-Raviv, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, KHOU Great Day Houston Host Deborah Duncan, and other state and local leaders. In order to maintain a strong relationship between Texas and Israel, Governor Abbott has taken significant action such as establishing a Holocaust, Genocide, and Antisemitism Advisory Commission; awarding $10 million through his Public Safety Office for security enhancement projects; and banning all state agencies from engaging in business or investments with companies that boycott Israel.

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