Mecklenburg County was one of several counties from around the nation to participate in an educational mission trip to Israel, November 11 - 19. Mecklenburg County Commissioner Norman Mitchell represented the County on the trip, which was sponsored by the America-Israel Friendship League (AIFL) and the National Association of Counties (NACo).
Commissioner Mitchell, along with seven other County Commissioners from around the U.S. and staff from NACo, had the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to both countries. Participants met with national government officials, members of the Knesset and heads of regional authorities. The meetings also allowed participants to become acquainted with the social, cultural, and economic aspects of Israel, as well as Israeli security post- 9/11.
"This was an extraordinary opportunity to share experiences and learn about new cultures," said Commissioner Norman Mitchell. "I believe we all brought back knowledge that can be utilized within our county programs and services.
The itinerary included encounters with various sectors of Israeli society, both Arab and Jewish. Participants visited historic sites while exploring Israel's efforts to modernize while maintaining a commitment to heritage.
Participants' airfare to Israel, accommodations, site visits, guides and ground transportation were funded by the America-Israel Friendship League. The visit was hosted in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State of Israel.
Norman Mitchell, a Democrat representing District 2, is beginning his fifth term on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.