New York, NY – Thousands Of NYC Residents Join Pro-Israel Rally

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     A members of the New York area Jewish community yells during a rally to show support for Israel in the conflict with Hamas in New York, New York, USA, 28 July 2014. EPANew York, NY – Thousands of pro-Israel New York City residents joined the “New York Stands With Israel” rally co-sponsored by the World Jewish Congress at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations.

    Speakers included New York Senator Charles Schumer; the chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, Congress Member Eliot Engel of New York; the Consul General of Israel in New York Ambassador Ido Aharoni; and Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor. Other New York elected officials and rabbis addressed the crowd.

    “We cannot have a cease-fire until Israel gets rid of Hamas’s weapons,” said Schumer. “We must send a message: We will not have peace as long as Hamas has power.”

    Crowd members chanted “Am Yisroel Chai” and “We stand with Israel!” while waiving Israeli and American flags. Staff members of the World Jewish Organization also attended.

    The UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York organized the rally.

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