Hundreds attend solidarity rally for Israel in Providence

Samantha Lavien
Slavien@abc6.com
Twitter: @samanthalavien

Songs and prayers for Israel and its citizens dominated Wednesday night’s solidarity rally at the Jewish Community Center in Providence.

“The is the best example of how the United States, the community here, and the citizens of Israel stand together in difficult times,” said Ronit Nudelmann Perl, the Deputy Consul General of Israel to New England.

Hundreds packed into the facility calling for an end to the violence.

“I have a brother there I have friends in IDF I have friends that their kids are at the operation and we are worried for them,” said Avi Nevel who was born in Israel and currently resides in Providence.

The goal of the rally was to show support for Israel and many people ABC 6 News spoke with said it accomplished just that.

“It’s the best thing that we could ask for to have communities of people who are supportive of Israel,” said Naomi Sommer.

Sommer lives in Israel, she is in Rhode Island visiting family. She was one of many speakers who explained to those in attendance exactly what it’s like living in the country with the on–going violence.

“I personally don’t live in a place that is in high risk of rockets but lots of my friends are and that’s mainly what I’m standing for today,” said Sommer.

A local rabbi read the names of the Israelis killed in this recent round of violence with Palestine and the crowd joined together in a song of prayer for the fallen.

The gathering comes just one day after a missile landed close to the main airport in Tel Aviv prompting U.S. flights to and from the country to be suspended.

In the past two weeks more than 680 Palestinians and more than 30 Israelis have been killed.

(C) WLNE/TV 2014