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By Lacey Gardner

Governor Hochul statements on terror attacks against Israel, pro-Hamas rally in NYC


All NYS Landmarks will be lit blue and white in solidarity

From Governor Kathy Hochul, photo of Empire State Building by Nathan Goldman

“In the face of abhorrent attacks from Hamas terrorists, New York stands steadfast in support of our neighbors in the State of Israel. This cowardly attack comes on a day when Jewish New Yorkers had planned to joyously celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. New York is proud to be home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel and as the community grieves today, we stand in solidarity with them.

“My Administration has been in touch with the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to assess any ongoing threats. While there are no known active threats to New Yorkers at this time, I have directed the New York State Police to work closely with local law enforcement to ensure all New Yorkers are safe and protected. 

“I have also spoken with Israel’s Acting Consul General in New York to offer our support, and we are working with the American Embassy in Israel to discuss ways to get New Yorkers home safely if they so choose. I am committed to doing everything possible to support this community at this critical time.”

“The people of Israel are facing violent terrorist attacks and civilian kidnappings. I condemn plans to rally in Times Square tomorrow in support of the perpetrators of these horrific actions. The planned rally is abhorrent and morally repugnant.”

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