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Linda Schmidt reporting here once again with updates on the ongoing demonstrations happening in our area. Today, both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian groups gathered in Manhattan and Brooklyn to express their opinions. Around 40 individuals joined a protest in Union Square, advocating for a ceasefire and defending Hamas’s actions as a defensive response to the attack that occurred a month ago. Meanwhile, a larger group marched across the Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn, denouncing Israel and the US.

The demonstrators assembled at City Hall in Brooklyn earlier in the afternoon, urging their congressional representative, IET Clark, to support a house resolution for a ceasefire. Concerned residents expressed their disappointment at the US government’s financial support towards what they consider a genocide. At the United Nations, pro-Israel supporters held a peaceful sit-in, demanding that world leaders take more assertive action to rescue the 240 hostages currently being held by Hamas. These demonstrators wore blindfolds and had their hands tied behind their backs, symbolizing the plight of the hostages.

A sign directed at the UN Secretary General urged him to consider the situation as if it were his own family, implying that his actions might differ if his children were at risk. Thankfully, all the demonstrations today in the city remained peaceful. Stephen and Natasha, back to you..

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