By COLlive reporter
The ongoing barbaric terror attacks in the streets of Israel is worrying New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he prepares to embark on a trip to the Holy Land this Thursday, October 15.
“I’m heartbroken by today’s attacks that took the lives of three innocent Israelis and left many others wounded,” he said in a statement to the media on Tuesday, declared by Palestinian groups as a “Day of Rage.”
Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun murdered at least 3 Jewish people and wounded more than 20 others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said.
“My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families, and New York City joins Israel in mourning these innocent lives,” de Blasio said.
He added, “There is simply no place for violence – and we all must speak out against the loss of any innocent life. We continue to pray for the day in which the Israelis and Palestinians can live in peace and security.”
Mayor de Blasio will visit Israel to deliver a keynote at the Annual Conference of Mayors in Jerusalem which will bring together dozens of mayors from around the world to discuss the issues and challenges facing cities. The topic of his speech will be “Anti-Semitism in the West: How Cities Must Lead.”
He will be in the country on Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. The Mayor’s and staffs’ travel and hotel expenses will be covered by a private gift to the City by Israeli-American entrepreneur, Baruch Eliezer Gross.
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