New York lawmakers signed onto a letter in support of Israel and condemning the attack by Hamas earlier this month.

State Assemblymember Charles Lavine, of Long Island, who is also president of the New York chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators, wrote the letter, dated Oct. 20, which is signed by members of the Assembly and Senate.

This all comes as Israel widened its military offensive in Gaza over the weekend.

“The despicable sneak attack against the Israeli people is a war crime. The taking of hostages, the wholesale murder of civilians, the use of torture, the beating, mutilation and killing of captured soldiers and the parading of their bodies and the bodies of dead civilians through the streets of Gaza is a cruel, barbaric and brutal throwback to primitive times," the letter reads.

“As we stand in solidarity with the Jewish state, we must confront the profound question of whether a free, liberal, and democratic nation can defeat a culture founded on tyranny. The answer is clear – we will win, the good people will win, as long as we stand together and united.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul recently visited wartime Israel to meet with the prime minister and families of the victims of the Oct. 7 attacks.

New York has the highest population of Jewish people outside of Israel. 


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