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Sotomayor: Supporter of Israel

Sunday, 31 May 2009 12:38 AM

Jewish groups are applauding the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

"It was impossible not to moved by her personal story," Mark Pelavin, the associate director of the Reform movement's Religious Action Center told the Jerusalem Post. "To see her mother sitting there and think about what this says about her and her country -- the combination of someone who grew up in a housing project, who has been on the bench for a long time, but who has been a prosecutor as well, that combination is very powerful."

Sammie Moshenberg, the Washington, D.C., director of the National Council of Jewish Women agreed, calling that scene "thrilling."

The Post noted that Sotomayor visited Israel in 1986 and 1996, and is a member of the Project Interchange forum on Israeli immigration.

The Orthodox Union has aid some of Sotomayor's religious-related decisions as a jurist were "very encouranging."

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