Monday, September 27th | 21 Tishri 5782

December 24, 2012 12:05 pm

Sacramento City Council Members Who Resisted BDS Dedicating Ambulance to Ashkelon

avatar by

Members of the Sacramento city council will join American Friends of Magen David Adom and pro-Israel education group StandWithUs to dedicate the pictured ambulance to Ashkelon, Israel, using funds raised from the bar mitzvah of Robert Leeds. Photo: StandWithUs.

After resisting a push by local Palestinian Americans and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) advocates to block the adoption of Ashkelon as a sister city last August, members of the Sacramento city council will now join the with the American Friends of Magen David Adom (Israeli Red Cross) and pro-Israel education group StandWithUs to dedicate an ambulance to Ashkelon, Israel, in honor of the newly created sister-city relationship with Sacramento.

The ambulance was given as a gift to Ashkelon by Robert Leeds, a 13-year-old from the Los Angeles area who wanted to make a contribution to a worthy civic cause, according to a StandWithUs press statement. Attendees of Leeds’s bar mitzvah, instead of giving him gifts, were told to designate money toward the ambulance.

“The ambulance dedication is a thank you to the city of Sacramento for approving the newest sister city resolution with Ashkelon last August despite opposition from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in their on-going attempts to pariah the state of Israel,” Gail Rubin, representing the Sacramento-Davis area chapter of SWU, told

Rubin said Leeds “understands the true meaning of doing good deeds for others, as this ambulance will help save lives.”

Related coverage

September 27, 2021 1:35 pm

Israel Names Veteran Fighter Pilot Tomer Bar as Next Air Force Commander

Israel has picked Maj. Gen. Tomer Bar to lead the Israeli Air Force (AIF) as its new commander, the country's...

“This is a great story of a young man seeing a need and making a difference,” Sacramento Councilmember Steve Cohn, who was one of the councilmembers behind the initiative, said in a statement.

Leeds said in a statement that it is his hope to show Israel and the City of Ashkelon that I stand with them and that’s what becoming a man means to me.”

The dedication will take place Jan. 8.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.