Saturday, 6 Jun 2020 - 14 of Sivan, 5780

Jerusalem Mayor sends messages of support to his counterparts in Rome and Madrid

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The Jerusalem Mayor reached out especially to his counterprts from the capitals of Italy and Spain – two of the hardest hit European countries by the COVID-19 outbreak – Mayor Virginia Raggi of Rome and Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida of Madrid.

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion said improving cooperation in the fields of medical technology especially, is of great importance to our ability to fight the coronavirus.

The mayor has over the past week reached out to his counterparts of Rome, Madrid, and New York, as well as the Governors of New York and New Jersey.

‘’At a time of such great uncertainty and distress for all humanity, it is my privilege and duty as Mayor of Jerusalem to continue to hold high the beacon of faith and unity,” he said.

The Jerusalem Mayor reached out especially to his counterprts from the capitals of Italy and Spain – two of the hardest hit European countries by the COVID-19 outbreak – Mayor Virginia Raggi of Rome and Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida of Madrid.

He wrote to each of them that, “At a time of such great uncertainty and distress for all humanity, it is my privilege and duty as Mayor of Jerusalem to continue to hold high the beacon of faith and unity, and extend to you my greetings of friendship and hope at this dark hour.”

In his letters, Mayor Lion expressed his sorrow over the loss of life in each of the cities and states. He wrote, “While we in Jerusalem cope with our own challenges from the outbreak of COVID-19, our hearts go out to all those who are suffering, and especially to those who are losing so many loved ones.”

He also expressed his appreciation for his counterparts’ “brave and steadfast leadership in this traumatic time,” and assured them of the “solidarity of all the people of Jerusalem, in the fight against the spread of Coronavirus.”

Mayor Lion wrote of the close ties between the Jewish communities all over the world, and noted that all peoples stood, “Side by side as we face this new challenge”.

He noted Jerusalem’s great progress in the fields of medical technology, cybersecurity, communications, and data, and urged that “Improving cooperation in these crucial fields is of great importance,” and concluded, “I am certain you join me in my sincerest hope that this terrible chapter in our shared history will soon be behind us, and we will be able together, to build a future of deeper cooperation and partnership for the benefit of all.”

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