The New Mexico House resolution that would have put the state on record as supporting a God-given Greater Israel was killed last night. The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-1 to table the legislation.
The bill says Jews have a biblical mandate to rule Israel and that a 1922 League of Nations resolution legitimized Jewish control over the West Bank and Jerusalem.
“The house of representatives supports Israel in its legal, historical, moral and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a whole and united Israel,” the resolution reads.
Similar versions of the legislation, backed by the right-wing Zionist Organization of America, have passed in five other states. But activists in New Mexico were successful in opposing it. Dozens of people called and emailed their representatives to urge them to vote no on the resolution.
Last night, members of Jewish Voice for Peace’s Albuquerque chapter and Another Jewish Voice of Santa Fe testified against the resolution. The sponsor of the legislation, Republican state Representative Yvette Herrell, did not show up to defend her bill.
“People have their agendas and then all we do is kill it, if it’s ridiculous–which this is,” Democratic Representative Gail Chasey, who opposed the bill, told me last week in an interview.