Westchester Pro-Israel Rally Draws Supporters On Both Sides Of Conflict

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Several residents attending a pro-Israel rally in White Plains Thursday exchanged heated words with a woman protesting Israel.
Several residents attending a pro-Israel rally in White Plains Thursday exchanged heated words with a woman protesting Israel. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Members of the White Plains social justice organization WESPEC demonstrate at a pro-Israel rally.
Members of the White Plains social justice organization WESPEC demonstrate at a pro-Israel rally. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey shows her support for Israel as it mounts a ground attack against Hamas in the Gaza Strip Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey shows her support for Israel as it mounts a ground attack against Hamas in the Gaza Strip Thursday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Luis Quiros (right) and Guisela Marroquin (second from right) demonstrate on the steps of White Plains City Hall.
Luis Quiros (right) and Guisela Marroquin (second from right) demonstrate on the steps of White Plains City Hall. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
An unidentified woman spoke against Israel at a pro-Israel rally on the steps of White Plains City Hall.
An unidentified woman spoke against Israel at a pro-Israel rally on the steps of White Plains City Hall. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Dozens of residents showed support for Israel Thursday in White Plains.
Dozens of residents showed support for Israel Thursday in White Plains. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Members of the Jewish War Veterans White Plains Post 191 attended the pro-Israel rally Thursday.
Members of the Jewish War Veterans White Plains Post 191 attended the pro-Israel rally Thursday. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly
Sheldon Malev, Milton Hoffman and Aaron Silver belong to the Jewish War Veterans White Plains Post 191 and Marion Chason is president of Lady's Auxiliary JWA.
Sheldon Malev, Milton Hoffman and Aaron Silver belong to the Jewish War Veterans White Plains Post 191 and Marion Chason is president of Lady's Auxiliary JWA. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – As Israeli troops began a ground attack against Hamas in the Gaza Strip Thursday, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey called on Palestine’s president to stand against the terrorist group at a pro-Israel rally in White Plains.

Federal, state, county and local politicians gathered on the steps of city hall to support Israel and its right to defend itself. 

“A Palestinian unity government that includes the terrorist organization Hamas is simply not a viable partner for peace, nor is it an entity that will or should receive U.S. financial support,” Lowey said. 

On the other hand, Lowey said, she would continue to support funding in Congress for Israel to build the Iron Dome, a mobile all-weather air defense system.

In the last 10 days Israel and Hamas have traded aerial strikes numbering in the thousands, which have killed more than 200 in Gaza and one in Israel.

While a few dozen rallied for Israel in front of White Plains City Hall on Thursday, a silent few stood at the foot of the steps with signs reading, “Stop the War on Palestine" and “Free Palestine.”

“As a resident of Westchester I really want the other side to be heard today,” said Guisela Marroquin.

Mamaroneck resident Luis Quiros held a sign that read "Stop Illegal Settlements."

"Ultimately there is no right and wrong, there’s only wrong when it involves the killing of innocent people,” he said.

Members of WESPAC, a progressive social justice organization in White Plains, attended the rally, saying they want the violence to end. 

"It's horrifying to know that someone would want to support more killings," said WESPAC member Tarin G. who chose not to give her last name.

"Especially today when it's been called that a full ground operation is underway in Gaza and thousands more innocent children and women will die."

After the rally, tensions boiled over when a single woman began pacing the city hall steps while yelling her opposition to Israel and its attacks on Gaza. Several Israel supporters got in heated exchanges with the woman before she left.

After a five-hour cease fire Thursday allowed humanitarian aide to reach Gaza, the violence resumed and has escalated to a ground attack on Hamas. Lowey noted Israel’s earlier attempts to evacuate people from Gaza before it launched strikes Tuesday.

“Hamas puts Palestinians in danger by instructing them to stay put in response to Israeli leaflets urging relocation,” she said.

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Why is the Mexican children immigrant surge a "humanitarian crisis" but the killing of Palestinian children a "stand against terrorism?"

You hypocrite Nita Lowey!

Our elected officials are abusing their office by appearing at a Stand with Israel event. Last I looked no one but Lowey has any foreign policy mandate. I do not share their support of Israel's use of advanced weaponry against a trapped civilian population and neither do many other of their constituents. Please represent us rather than putting words in our mouths to favor one small interest group

The only reason Israel hasn't totally flattened Gaza is because they take great pains to avoid harming civilians. Hamas has no such regard for civilians, Israeli or Palestinian, which is why they position rocket launchers by schools and hospitals, and launch rockets at weddings and shopping areas. Our country and elected leaders should stand with a country that has democratically elected leaders that respects the rights of its citizens, rather than the thugs who run Hamas. I agree with Lowey and Engel on very little, but in this instance they are making the right call.

Our elected officials are abusing their office by appearing at a Stand with Israel event. Last I looked no one but Lowey has any foreign policy mandate. I do not share their support of Israel's use of advanced weaponry against a trapped civilian population and neither do many other of their constituents. Please represent us rather than putting words in our mouths to favor one small interest group

Hey Luis, book sales drop again? Feel that itch to get media attention again? Get off the soapbox! Can't believe you actually used the "I" word!

David & Goliath, only David has become Goliath; ironic, no?

Let's us all pray for peace and an end to this conflict.

I'm praying for the end of the invasion over our border in the US -- not for some country in the middle east.

Hamas uses their citizens to protect their rockets. Israel uses their rockets to protect their citizens. Hamas wants civilian casualties, so the NY Times and guilty white leftists can wring their hands and say Israel can protect themselves but be careful not to kill Palestinian citizens. Hamas is an arm of Iran and needs to be wiped out.

Why don't you just get off of your soap box?

None of this is new. It was all foretold years ago in the Bible and now it's finally happening. The book of Revelation also talks about a New World Order which we see emerging slowly. First comes the economic collapse. Everything happening in our world today is found in Matthew 24. (earthquakes, wars, famine, pestilences, etc.) Ezekiel 38 talks about the upcoming war with Israel and the nations which we see happening now in the Middle East. People need to repent of their sins and ask Jesus to be their Savior. He is about to return to take HIs followers to heaven. You do not want to be left behind when He returns. It's going to be the worst time to live. You may not believe in the Bible, but you cannot deny what is going on in the world and the Bible spoke of all this years ago. http://voices.yahoo.com/millions-people-missing-jesus-christ-has-returned-5003316.html?cat=34

Radical Islam is destroying this world. To suggest that Israel should make peace with them when radical Islamists can't even make peace with the Muslims they are slaughtering in a dozen countries is absurd. When does the world say enough?

Funny you bring up the world, since MOST of the world in on the side of Palestine. Why is that? Hmmmm...right, most of the world must be wrong 'cause 'Murica.

Hey Luis, what about illegal settlements of illegals into the US I'd call that an illegal settlement are you calling for that to stop in the US too?

Hey, DBG5, better be careful; I think your RACISM is showing.