On October 19, thousands of Israel supporters gathered in Times Square to demand the liberation of more than 200 prisoners held by Hamas.
The rally was organized by the Israeli American Council in collaboration with other Jewish organizations in New York. The rally took place on Broadway Avenue between 46th and 47th streets with significant New York Police Department presence.
Chuck Schumer, majority leader of the United States Senate, was among the many speakers and led a refrain of “bring them home.”
Thousands demonstrate in Times Square for the liberation of Hamas prisoners.
Throughout the rally, supporters carried signs that read “I stand with Israel,” held photographs of captives, and waved Israeli flags. Photos of detainees were plastered on utility poles and other locations throughout Times Square. The images of the abducted were displayed on fifteen billboards in the area.
The rally took place a few hours prior to President Joe Biden’s address to the nation, in which he announced he was prepared to ask Congress for billions of dollars in military aid for Israel and Ukraine to help them fight their respective conflicts.
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