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Brooklyn Salutes Israel

Major rally in support of Israel drew thousands in Brooklyn Thursday.
By Uzi Baruch, Brooklyn
First Publish: 8/7/2014, 8:56 PM / Last Update: 8/8/2014, 8:56 AM

In a rally Organized by Rubin Margules, President of the ZOA Brooklyn Region and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, over two thousand Jews and non-Jews gathered from all over the NYC area in Brighton Beach Brooklyn, to show their support of Israel in their struggle against the Hamas terror organization.

The speakers ran the gamut of Jewish activism; Assemblyman Dov Hikind spoke of his recent visit to Southern Israel where he witnessed firsthand the everyday trauma that Israelis were experiencing on a daily basis. "Thank G-d there no sirens going off on 5th Ave or 13th Ave. Americans don't know what it's like to run for cover."

Malcom Hoenlein, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents, spoke of how America has reacted in the past when they inadvertently killed innocents in Iraq or Afghanistan. "Little mention was made of civilians being killed in the Shock and Awe opening attack on Iraq or the drone attacks that hit wedding parties by mistake. No cries of war crimes were ever heard. It seems that Israel is held to a different standard.

"Hamas exists to kill, Israel, sometimes, has to kill to exist."

Morton Klein President of the Zionist Organization reminded the crowd that “If Hamas had not started launching missiles at Israeli cities, Israel would never have had a need to launch a defensive war. Israel always looks for peace but as President Obama has said Israel has a right to defend its civilians - but more importantly we don’t need his permission. We have a G-d given, natural obligation to defend ourselves."

Addressing Hamas's cynical use of human shields, in contravention of international law, Klein insisted that "The blame for the war and the civilian deaths is not Israel’s but Hamas’."

"The 'peace-loving' Palestinian civilians have a dining room, a living room, a bedroom and a missile room," he noted dryly.

Andrew Gross, Political Advisor to the Deputy Consul General, represented the State of Israel at the rally; he told the gathering how Hamas fires rockets from heavily populated areas, schools, hospitals and mosques. "We have no choice but to destroy these locations - it is the fault of Hamas when they tell their people to stay thinking about the PR battle over civilian deaths."

Echoing Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu he added: "Israel uses missiles to defend its citizens while Hamas uses Palestinian citizens to defend its missiles."

Steven Cymbrowitz, Assemblyman representing the Brighton Beach area, said, "Israel uses painstaking restraint not to harm civilians. We finally need to tell the world: enough."

While there were many speakers in support of Israel the rally was also treated to a pro-Israel concert the likes of which had not been heard in a long time.

Benny Elbaz, Gershon Veroba, Sandy Shmueli, Galit Burg Michael and Ron Eliran all gave of their time performing gratis just to come out and sing from their hearts supporting Israel. The event ended with the performers singing in unison with many from the audience joining them in dancing on stage.



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