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For some in New York, the conflict in Gaza has become personal – and pro-Israel supporters made their voices heard Monday.
At precisely 12 p.m. on Monday thousands from around the world said the words of “Shema,” one of the most important parts of the daily Jewish prayer ritual, at the same time to pray for peace in Israel.
Others chanting “Am ysroel chai” — “The people of Israel live” — as what police estimated to be a crowd of 10,000 gathered near the United Nations in support of Israel and its efforts to protect itself from rockets fired by Hamas, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported.
“We cannot have any cease-fire before Israel gets rid of Hamas’ weapons, the tunnels, the rockets and everything else,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said.
Many of the speakers attacked the UN for not supporting Israel.
Congressman Steve Israel said he’s sending a letter to the UN signed by 106 congressmen demanding that they not investigate Israel for war crimes, Kramer reported.
“Give that up,” Rep. Israel said. “We will not take the United Nations seriously unless they take Hamas war crimes seriously.”
Israel’s ambassador to the UN agreed. Saying the message to the UN should be, “There will not be peace until Hamas’ infrastructure is going to be destroyed,” Ron Proser said.