Cuomo Announces New York-Israel Commission

Speaking at Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial, Cuomo said the incidents, "violated every tenet of the New York State tradition".

"New York's special relationship with Israel is cultural, economic, spiritual, and historic, and I am proud to lead this unity trip to strengthen our economic ties and to reaffirm our strong friendship and support", Cuomo said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of NY visits a missile battery site in southern Israel, Aug. 14, 2014.

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In a visit to Israel on Sunday, Cuomo made his first comments following the toppling of headstones at a Jewish cemetery this weekend in Brooklyn.

"The recent increase in anti-Semitic threats and acts of intolerance is disturbing, unacceptable, and directly contradicts New York's core values of tolerance and diversity".

"We believe in the spirit of inclusion and we live by discrimination of none. New York's principles are built on a rock, they will not change, and the political wind will not change them." he said.

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Amid the criticism, Trump spoke out against anti-Semitic incidents and also condemned a seemingly racially motivated killing of an Indian man in his maiden speech to Congress last week. "We can never, ever, let that change", Rivlin says.

Cuomo's office said his brief visit would include meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan.

"This trip has two purposes; number one, while some would weaken the relationship between the people of the State of NY and our Jewish brothers and sisters, the goal of this trip is to strengthen those relationships through cultural exchange, through economic development partnerships, and we'll be working on them", he said.

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