South Carolina Drivers Can Wear Their Love for Israel on Their Car


carBy an Act signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on June 2 and effective immediately, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles is permitted to issue to car owners in South Carolina special license plates. Those special license plates will have the message: “South Carolina Stands With Israel.” The graphic on the plate will have intertwined flags of Israel and South Carolina.

Rep. Alan Clemmons, a passionate supporter of Israel, introduced the legislation into the South Carolina House of Representatives on Dec. 3 of last year. The bill was approved in committee, approved by the full House on April 3, 2014 in a vote 57 to 1. The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate on May 21 and became law on the date it was signed by South Carolina’s governor, on June 2.

Because it is a vanity plate, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles will charge $7 for each plate. However, Rabbi Yossi Refson, leader of the Charleston Chabad announced that the Chabad of Charleston has decided to front the cost.

Even those who don’t live in South Carolina can participate in this expression of support for the Jewish State, by donating money to the Chabad specifically for this project. The address can be found on the shul’s website.

Clemmons first visited Israel in 2011. He visited Judea and Samaria and supports the Jews living there wholeheartedly. At the time he addressed concerns that some Christians support Israel only because they have a secret plan to convert them. When asked about that possibility, Clemmons unequivocally denied any such intention.

“Israel is a special place for all Christians, and Jews have a right to be concerned with Christian persuasion and influence,” he replied.

“When it comes to Israel, abuse and injustice in the name of religion have worked against the Jews for millennia, but if there is any thought of missionary activity – there is none. I am not interested in converting Jews. I am here to support Jews,” Clemmons affirmed in an interview with Israel National News.

Stuart Kaufman, a former New Yorker who recently relocated to South Carolina with his wife was ecstatic to have found such an ardent Zionist in the South Carolina state legislature.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment and I can say without equivocation that I am incredibly proud to be a South Carolinian,” Kaufman wrote in an email about the new legislation.

The Jewish Press

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  1. Well, South Carolina can be our friend! But we really need more hope! What will the ChaBaD do to fit the world with a jewish flag on its license plate? I might imagine that Israel will be the key to all christian hearts in the south now! Maybe that is good, but maybe we are just overdoing it with the limited pessimism of love your neighbor and decorate the smile too! But hey, if you want to stand with Israel, what better place than on your vehicle’s identifying plate to make the stand! It might be calculated by time, but who knows! Go South Carolina! We need more French Bread!

  2. The ChaBaD is amazing. The write their world in the office of a limited return and they work for a place of good authority. This is maybe a good move since everyone with a pro-Israel license plate can go right to heaven. But really, if you know much about the ChaBaD, you would realize they should have named themselves the ChaDaB. The reality is that knowledge comes before understanding and Binah (understanding) before (Daat- Knowledge) only implies that the war of limited experience is not won by human voice and decision. ChaBaD has it backwards, but they are really fun to watch in the news as they keep worrying about who came first, the chicken or the egg.

  3. well, we’re moving there in a few wks so getting new tags as soon as we arrive. rav refson at charleston chabad put the $ upfront to make this happen. besides chabad, there are 2 orthodox shuls and a day school (addlestone). working on a yeshiva high school. sending 3 kids for the price of 2 up here. consider it then look us up (lipschutz).