Gaza

Abstract: 

Here's a question: why would the New York City Council and various other local and state politicians decide to wade into the miserable, never-ending, blood-filled dogpile that is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict? In what way does a press conference on the Middle East dovetail with the actual business of our elected officials here in New York? Could a press conference called "New York Stands with Israel" possibly serve any other concrete purpose except to be a magnet for controversy? Seriously, how could this possibly end well?

Abstract: 

At a pro-Israel rally on the steps of City Hall on Monday, dozens of elected officials asserted Israel's right to self-defense, over the sustained chants of roughly 100 pro-Palestinian protesters.

The two groups competed to be heard at the event, as the protesters shouted from outside the gates at both the east and west entrances to City Hall, often overpowering the voices of the officials who were speaking on the steps.

Abstract: 

At 10AM, July 14, 2014 The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, together with the Jewish Caucus of the New York City Council organized a press conference in front of the steps of City Hall. With 14 members, this year’s caucus is bigger than ever and comprises the largest percentage of Jewish members on the Council since it expanded to 51 seats in 1991. Chairmanships come with an $8,000 a year bonus, while leadership positions bolster the councilman’s $112,000 annual salary by $15,000.

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