Adams, Hochul join thousands at East Side rally supporting Israel

A rally in support of Israel drew thousands of people Tuesday to the East Side of Manhattan, near the United Nations.

Both Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul spoke at the rally, reiterating their support for Israel and condemning Hamas for the attack that left over 900 Israelis dead.

"The fact that there are places that are not outraged is itself an outrage," one rally attendee said. "The world needs to wake up."

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Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks to thousands at a 'New York Stands With Israel' vigil and rally in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

"The leadership of Hamas doesn't do what's good for the people. They do what's good for them," another said.

Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the U.N., said last weekend's attacks were Israel's own 9/11.

"We will never be massacred again," Erdan said.

A candlelight vigil in support of Israel was also held in New City in Rockland County.


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In Newark, there was support for Palestinians.

"When it comes to Palestinian resistance, we are supposed to die quietly under siege for over 16 years and when we want to fight back and get our land back, we're called terrorists and invaders, but in fact, Israel, you are the invaders," one person said.

The war between Israel and Hamas, which has claimed at least 1,900 lives on both sides, is expected to escalate. 

Israel has said Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza are holding about 150 soldiers and civilians hostage.