Shimon Peres Day declared in New York state

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Sunday, as part of his official visit to Israel, that the first Sunday of June will now be called “Shimon Peres Day” in New York.

The official announcement stated that extraordinary gesture, reserved for individual leaders in the world, recognizes the Peres’s immense contribution promoting peace in Israel and internationally, and who is responsible for establishing Israel as a Jewish nation. The declaration notes that New York is home to more than 1.7 million Jews, the largest Jewish community in the world, other than Israel, and that the connection between New York and Israel has always been strong. It cites Peres as an ally in promoting and strengthening this relationship and says all New Yorkers are proud to join Shimon Peres’s heritage as an outstanding leader who inspired New York and the entire world.

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