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Tens of Thousands March For Israel in New York

Consul General of Israel in New York Ambassador Ofir Akunis (third from right) with marchers. (Credit: Ohad Kab)

(Courtesy of Israeli Consulate) Today, an official delegation of the State of Israel, led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz, Consul General of Israel in New York Ambassador Ofir Akunis and Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan, marched in New York’s annual Israel parade.

Ted Comet, age 100, founder of the Israel Day Parade and a still-active Jewish Communal legend. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

They were joined by tens of thousands of supporters from the New York area as well as across the U.S. and the world. Marchers included 70 relatives of Israelis kidnapped by Hamas on October 7. New York State Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and many other elected officials marched as well. From the Israeli side, Minister Katz was joined by Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli, as well as Knesset members Boaz Bismuth, Yifat Shasha-Biton, Tsega Melaku, Boaz Toporovsky and Moshe Solomon, and former Knesset member Shirly Pinto.

Chai Riders (Credit: Lori Yoffe)

“Today demonstrates America’s tremendous support for Israel and the Jewish people,” said Ambassador Ofir Akunis, consul general of Israel in New York. “Fifth Avenue is draped with the colors of Israel, reflecting this city’s firm stand against violent attacks against us—be it terrorism in the Middle East or antisemitic hate crimes on college campuses. This massive march is also a wonderful opportunity to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance, as both nations are under attack from the same axis of evil. Their supporters do not hide this fact, and chant such hate even here on the streets of New York: Death to America, and death to Israel.’”

Marching for the hostages. (Credit: Lori Yoffe)

 

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Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes
(Credit: Judith Falk)

 

(l-r) Lynn Gold, mother of comedian Elon Gold, in full Israel flag attire, with Ruby Kaplan.

 

NCSY staff and participant at Israel Day on Fifth. (Credit: OU)

 

(l-r) OU EVP Rabbi Moshe Hauer and OU National Director at Community Projects and Partnerships Rabbi Simon Taylor at Israel Day on Fifth.
(Credit: OU)

 

(l-r) OU EVP and COO Rabbi Dr. Josh Joseph, NCSY COO Daniel Gordon, and OU-JLIC National Director of Development Pinny Rosenthal at Israel Day on Fifth. (Credit: OU)

 

Eden Golan at Israel Day on Fifth.
(Credit: UJA Federation)

 

Representing the hostages at Israel Day.
(Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder of Manhattan Jewish Experience. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Consul General of Israel in New York Ambassador Ofir Akunis (second from right) and Mayor Eric Adams (center). (Credit: Ohad Kab)

 

JCRC marches for Israel. (Credit: UJA Federation)

 

The Jewish Home Family marches up Fifth Avenue on Israel Day.
(Credit: The Jewish Home Family)

 

Judy and Uri Kaufthal, board members of the Israel Tribute Committee which oversees the parade. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and family at Israel Day on Fifth. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Rabbi Michael Taubes, rabbi of Cong. Zichron Mordechai in Teaneck. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Yachad represents at Israel Day on Fifth. (Credit: OU)

 

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Spectators on Fifth Avenue. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Dani Miran (left) father of hostage Omri Miran holds photo of his son. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Official delegation of the State of Israel. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

Official delegation of the State of Israel. (Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

(Credit: Tzvi Allen Fishman)

 

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