Israeli ambassador to US is visiting Alabama, South Carolina

February 23, 2021 GMT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Gilad Erdan, the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., is visiting South Carolina and Alabama this week on a tour to learn more about African-American history.

Erdan was scheduled to visit Charleston, South Carolina; and Montgomery, Alabama.

The Philos Project says it’s hosting Erdan’s trip, which is “indicative of the future of Israeli and African-American relations.”

The ambassador was scheduled to tour sites including the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Tuesday; and the McLeod Plantation and Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, organizers said.

The Philos Project promotes “positive Christian engagement in the Near East and fostering the next generation of African-American leaders,” it said in announcing the tour.