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Protestors want Tonko to back ceasefire

Nov 10, 2023 12:49 am

Spencer Conlin reports for New York State of Politics reports that protesters who want a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war held a "die-in" on Nov. 9 outside Rep. Paul Tonko's Albany office. Members of Upper Hudson Peace Action and Jewish Voice for Peace held a "die-in" at the Democrat’s office. The protesters wanted Tonko to sign onto a Ceasefire Now resolution in the House. Jewish Voice for Peace organizer Karen Carmeli said, “A ceasefire is the bare minimum that we can do stop killing civilians.... We need to stop killing civilians immediately.” So far, Tonko supports a humanitarian pause, which ceasefire advocates say is not enough. Tonko was mum on Thursday, but one of his representatives released a statement that said, “Congressman Tonko’s top concerns are avoiding further deaths of innocent civilians and facilitating the return of all hostages.... Which is why he has called for a immediate stop to the violence in Gaza and continues to call for aid workers to be allowed to deliver the food, water, medical care and resources needed in Gaza.” Protesters panned Tonko's statement. Carmeli said, “Giving them water, giving them a little bit of something to eat and then continuing to bomb them with weaponry that is provided by the U.S. government, using U.S. taxpayer dollars is unconscionable.” Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.