'New York Stands With Israel' Rally Draws Thousands

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Zachary D. Roberts for the Village Voice
Monday's Rally. See all the photos here: The Stand with Israel Rally Draws Thousands
Ariel Gee, a recent college graduate, is standing near the corner of E. 47th Street and Second Avenue, perfectly still, holding a paper plate with the words "It's better to be disliked than pitied" written on it in ballpoint pen, as a crowd of more than 10,000 roils around her. It's an old quote attributed to Abba Eban, the foreign minister of Israel during the Six Day War, but, she says, "I think it really applies right now."

Gee lives in New York, and she is Jewish. She doesn't have any family in Israel, but she spent a couple of months studying abroad there during college. On Monday she was among of the thousands of people who squeezed into Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations, each with their own reasons for supporting Israel as it continues a military offensive that has claimed more than 1,000 Palestinian lives (most of those civilians), and the lives of at least 40 Israeli soldiers.

The crowd is peppered with signs that read "Kick Hamas Ass" and "Hamas = Al Qaeda," with yarmulkes made of every imaginable material (knit, corduroy, velvet, polyester) and with countless Israeli flags--supporters have small ones clasped in their hands, and wear larger ones tucked into their skirts, wrapped around them as dresses, or draped across their shoulders like capes.

See all the photos here: The Stand with Israel Rally Draws Thousands

Dassah Kestenbaum, came with her daughter Lottie. "Her grandparents, my parents, live in Israel; my sister lives in Israel. I have nephews fighting in Gaza. I have friends up in the kibbutzim where the tunnels came through, and there was a mortar explosion like two hours ago, so I'm trying to find out how they are," she says.

Lottie's brother is in Israel too. He was drafted into the IDF in March; he will be serve until next July. "He's still in training, so he's not in Gaza, but a lot of his friends are," Lottie says. "He's known two people who were killed. It's tough."

From the podium, Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York hailed New York Stands with Israel as "the world's largest display of support for the state of Israel at this difficult moment." Aharoni was one of a long list of high-profile speakers that included a half dozen members of Congress and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.


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NYC-Student
NYC-Student

Hey Mike - Why don't you come up with something new? You keep on repeating yourself!

Mike
Mike

In the UN, Majority of countries voted in favour of Resolution 58/292 of 17 May 2004; namely, that the boundaries of a  Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders, which correspond with the Green Line. The Resolution affirmed, in connection with the Palestinian right to self-determination and to sovereignty, that the independent State of Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 borders.In Resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988, the declaration of independence of the State of Palestine was acknowledged by the UN General Assembly 

Mike
Mike

Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories including the West Bank, 5,879 km2 (2,270 sq mi), While East Israel after 1968  occupied land kilometres (6,178 sq mi), 


Jews are land grabbing thiefs. Jews stole Palestinian land

Mike
Mike

This Sandra Skolnik is engaging in Jew propaganda. Don't let her get away with these lies.

Mike
Mike

Jew murderers again get away with the slaughter of innocent Palestinians.

More things change the more they stay the same. 

Luis Alejandro Leighton
Luis Alejandro Leighton

Sandra, get your head out of your ass. Where at all did I indicate I support any form of terrorism? Sandra, its people like you that give HUMANS a bad reputation. Seek help.

Belize Torres
Belize Torres

This isn't your country my dear. I never said I supported anyone. There is no monolithic experience which is what I was speaking upon. Not everyone and everything is Israel. That's narcissism. Not everyone who could possibly see where the Palestinians are coming from is an Anti-Semite. You can lick my low life pussy.

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

There lare ow lifes in every country that have fled to my country. I really don't like the ones that support terrorists and jihadists, like you for instance. Why do you leave that cesspool anyway?

Luis Alejandro Leighton
Luis Alejandro Leighton

I see, Sandra, in a Democratic society, we are allowed to disagree and no have it mean we support any particular side.

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

I wish peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. So how do you take Hamas jihadists out of the equation which would allow this to happen?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

I ask again Luis ... why do you support Hamas terrorists on jihad?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

I wish peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. So how do you take Hamas jihadists out of the equation which would allow this to happen?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

Jordon - oh I'm sure you have your jew haters down there in Aussie land as well, of which you are a prime example.

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

I wish peace for both Israelis and Palestinians. So how do you take Hamas jihadists out of the equation which would allow this to happen?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

Perhaps you should educate yourself on what oppression, apartheid and genocide is? is your fake name some code name for jihadists?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

Hamas terrorists are killing Palestinians in Gaza for protesting their war. And these are the people some of you support?

Sunflower BumblebeeLaugh
Sunflower BumblebeeLaugh

^Empty and baseless. Explain the Palestinian civilian death toll in Israel's shooting fish in a barrel tactics if they're so precise in their attacks.

Sunflower BumblebeeLaugh
Sunflower BumblebeeLaugh

Wow.. You truly are nothing but a troll on this particular feed and that's ok, but you can also consider yourself pitied here. Have a great day Sandra.

Martin Orellano Soto
Martin Orellano Soto

Can serve the status of victim in the past to legitimize the hangman today? "

Poalo Testa
Poalo Testa

"Never forget" seems to have been forgotten,

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

Israel is not targeting innocent people in Gaza. They target terrorists, their weapons and their tunnels. Hamas targets innocent people. Israel will keep killing Hamas terrorists until Hamas stops attacking Israel. Speak to Hamas if you are concerned about the people in Gaza. Hamas doesn't care about them.

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

War is hell. Hamas,terrorists / jihadists declared war on Israel. They are responsible for the death of every person in Gaza.

Martin Orellano Soto
Martin Orellano Soto

is very sad to see Israel treat the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as the Nazis treated the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto. Israel has right to defend itself but desprporcion of forces is so obvious that it ends up being a slaughter, another holocaust

Martin Orellano Soto
Martin Orellano Soto

really? is not what it seems. there is an obvious disproportion of forces

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

Jordan K: so how many fuckwits do you boast of in your family in Australia? Speaking of trolls, why are you trolling an AMERICAN page?

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

Sunflower : you have no idea what apartheid, oppression and genocide are. get educated.

Sandra Skolnik
Sandra Skolnik

it is minorities who scapegoat other minorities because they need someone to feel better than, particularly the lower classes from phillipines and latino countries (speaking only of the anti-semitic trash on this page). you live in a country that will not tolerate hate crimes. Kevin K: The Muslim people are accepted and respected by much of the Jewish world; it is the terrorists and jihadists who they abhor. And it is disturbing to see so-called Americans support Hamas, that most of the world considers a terrorist organization.

Sunflower BumblebeeLaugh
Sunflower BumblebeeLaugh

Really, Sandra? Yep, you've figured us all out, because apartheid, oppression, and genocide isn't an issue at all.

Jordan Kerwick
Jordan Kerwick

Sandra Skolnik - troll at her finest. Fuckwit too.

Raoul Carlos
Raoul Carlos

I hope you don't consider anti war activists jihadist sympathizers. That sounds like how those psycho jihadists justify their terrorism.

Raoul Carlos
Raoul Carlos

I agree w you. Those guys are psycho! but still, we shouldn't be bombing the fuck out of children on either side. That makes one just like a terrorist, get it?

NYC-Student
NYC-Student

@Mike Which nations voted for resolution 58/292 anyway? North Korea? Iran?

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

@Mike Thats right Jews take land just like the Saudis did in the 1930s (the Hazif); the Syrians did in the 1990s -Lebonon; or the Palestinians will do in accordance with the Hamas Charter after they kill everyone holding an Israeli passport...

Yet when they give back land sometimes there is peace, when they returned the Sinai to Egypt OR SOMETIMES DESTRUCTION LIKE WHEN THEY RETURNED GAZA TO THE PALESTINIANS IN 2006

hey Mike,  look up the word <propagandist>

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

@Mike Mike Hey mate; look up the definition of propaganda-- one of its definitions is only telling half-truths or focusing on only one side of the argument so lets look at your "argument for Sandra(?):

1 We do the same for the Palestinians, Egypt and Jordan (Look up the Camp David/Oslo Accords)

2 Palestinians have the same inside Israeli borders -- except the land is not confiscated; it was granted by the democratic law courts of the state of Israel (how come the Palestinian authority doesnt do the same in the West Bank, Oh I forgot Jews are legally forbidden in Palestinian Authority and Hamas Controled land)

Palestinians dont imprison Jews, THEY KILL JEWS
40000 Jews left the Gaza in 2006 and handed over control to the native Gazans--- Now the Gazans fire thousands of rockets at Israel, killin g Arab and Jew alike

Not bad -- only double the US number; how come they havn't spent their oil $$ to get everyone a job?

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

@Mike How is Sandra engaged in "Jew Propaganda?" How is she repeating lies? How is she speaking mis-truths?"  Instead of just spouting slogans Mike why don't you speak truths yourself when you say,

"Jew murderers again get away with the slaughter of innocent Palestinians.

More things change the more they stay the same"

1- the "jew"fellows who killed the muslim boy 3 weeks ago have been arrested and are on trial --- what about the Palestinians who killed THREE Jews

2-  The IDF has been extreme engaged in not killing innocents, but it is hard when Hamas stores missiles in UN schools

3- The IDF tells inhabitents to leave when launching missiles; the Palestinians fire unguided rockets  that could land anywhere! WHERE IS THE PARITY THERE!

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

Yeah, guess Jews should just let  themselves die to attact attention, i.e. the Holocaust...

What kind of sick world do we live in where people say that both sides should die instead of live!

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

Considering your and mine statements, when peace talks come some day not only will Arabs be demanding reparations and right of return BUT SO WILL JEWS AGAINST THE ARAB WORLD!

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

Try telling that to the Jewish pogroms in the Arab world 1967+; in fact that accounts for much of the Jewish population in Israel itself: Google the word "Sephardi" -

Yes the Arabs would love to carry out Hamas' charter today to destroy the Jewish state and control Jews as second class citizens...

If you want to see what they will do just LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TODAY IN IRAQ AND NORTHERN SYRIA! ISIS (Sunni Muslims, the majority of Palestine's muslims) DONT LOOK AT 1938 LOOK AT 2014!

(By the way where are the demonstrations against that?)

Mike
Mike

@NYC-STUDENT @Mike

In the UN, Majority voted in favour of Resolution 58/292 of 17 May 2004; namely, that the boundaries of a  Palestinian state should be based on the pre-1967 borders, which correspond with the Green Line. The Resolution affirmed, in connection with the Palestinian right to self-determination and to sovereignty, that the independent State of Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 borders. In Resolution 43/177 of 15 December 1988, the declaration of independence of the State of Palestine was acknowledged by the UN General Assembly

NYC-STUDENT
NYC-STUDENT

@Mike @NYC-STUDENT 

You said it Mike, <the boundaries of state SHOULD BE BASED ON THE PRE-1967 BORDERS> However the 1967 resolution 242 said final borders will be created by the two parties... If the UN recognizes Palestine, why won't Palestine/Hamas recognize Israel?

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