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Hundreds of people were summoned to court during a demonstration by a Jewish group in support of the Palestinians

More than 300 people were issued criminal summonses Friday during a protest at a New York train station to call on the U.S. government to support a ceasefire in Gaza as the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues.

On October 7, Hamas carried out the deadliest Palestinian militant attack in history against Israel. Israel then launched its heaviest airstrikes in its history on Gaza. According to Israeli officials, 1,400 people were killed in Israel on Saturday, the Associated Press reported, while more than 7,300 Palestinians died, according to Gaza Health Ministry officials, according to the AP. More than 200 hostages have also been taken by Hamas and only four have been released so far.

As Israeli forces gather along the Gaza border following Hamas’ surprise attack, American Jews, politicians and celebrities have been protesting in an effort to protect the lives of Palestinian civilians.

Thousands of people gathered for a sit-in Friday evening during rush hour at Grand Central Terminal in Midtown, Manhattan. The protest, organized by Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization that describes itself as “the world’s largest progressive anti-Zionist Jewish organization,” took place just hours after Israel cut off the internet and communications in Gaza.

Thousands of protesters staged a sit-in at New York’s Grand Central Terminal to call for a ceasefire in Gaza and hold signs saying: “Never again for anyone.”
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The New York Police Department (NYPD) said News week Saturday, via email, 335 people received criminal court summonses for criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said its police department arrested four people who stood on Metro-North signs with banners in an email to News week SATURDAY.

“It is disappointing that this group chose to stage a protest that prevented New Yorkers from getting home from work and going about their business. We appreciate the professionalism of the MTAPD and NYPD in keeping passengers and employees safe ” said the head of security and the MTA. » said security guard Pat Warren.

Protesters wore shirts reading “Ceasefire Now” and “Not in Our Name.” Protesters held signs reading “Palestinians should be free” and “Never again for anyone,” in reference to the Holocaust. The protest spread to the city’s streets and also involved prominent New York figures.

“We refuse to allow our own pain and trauma to be used to justify attacks against another people,” Jay Saper of Jewish Voice for Peace said in a press release obtained by News week. “We are here to say: Not in our name.”

News week contacted Jewish Voice for Peace by email for comment on Saturday.

Local elected officials at the protest showed support for a ceasefire, including state senators Jabari Brisport, Robert Jackson and Julia Salazar, state assembly members Zohran Mamdani and Emily Gallagher , as well as city council members Tiffany Caban, Alexa Avilés, Sandy Nurse and Chi Ossé. .

The House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bipartisan resolution supporting Israel, which was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory W. Meeks, a Democrat from New York, and Chairman Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas .

The resolution reaffirms Israel’s right to self-defense and calls on Hamas to “immediately cease these violent attacks, safely release all living hostages, and return the bodies of deceased hostages.” Only nine Democrats and one Republican voted against the resolution while 412 members of Congress voted in favor of it.