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Rallies held for Israel, Palestine in Catskill, Hudson

Oct 23, 2023 12:51 am

HudsonValley360.com and the Times Union report about rallies for Israel and Gaza held in Catskill and Hudson last week. Jammel Cutler in Columbia-Greene Media does not say how many people attended, in person and online, the interfaith rally for peace at Temple Israel in Catskill on Oct. 18. Rabbi Zoe Zak said, “This is just not in support of Israel. It’s in support of everyone that needs prayers. It’s for the Israelis and the Palestinians and all those who have lost their lives. For those struggling to find food and have a roof over their head, my hope is to comfort people who are feeling upset, angry and grieving. I felt like I had to do something to bring people together.” Greene County Sheriff Pete Kusminsky said, “I’m glad this gathering is promoting peace during this time of crisis.... The horrible attack on innocent people should never be condoned or tolerated. Our office has contacted federal, state and local law enforcement partners to monitor potential threats. I’ve been happy to report that there have been no active threats. I want people to remain vigilant, and if you see something, say something. My office remains dedicated to protecting all the people of Greene County. My thoughts and prayers are with the Jewish people at this time.” Maria M. Silva writes in the Times Union about the 100 activists and community members in Hudson’s riverfront Promenade Hill Park on Oct. 20 to show support for Palestine. Silva writes, "Jabin Ahmed, a Hudson resident who is involved with Hudson Muslim Youth and was one of the organizers of the event, said she and other young community members were disturbed by the unwavering local support for Israel and accusations that they are “terrorist sympathizers” because of their support for Palestine." Jewish supporters also held signs at the rally supporting the Palestinian cause, but at least four counterprotesters also were in the park. After an hour and a half, the rally ended with the crowd singing “We Shall Overcome,” Pete Seeger’s song for unity during the civil rights movement. Read more about these stories in HudsonValley360.com and the Times Union.

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