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An East Hampton Rally for Israel

Wed, 07/03/2024 - 09:46
People carried a banner to Herrick Park during a November rally in support of Israel.
Durell Godfrey

Supporters of Israel will hold a rally in Herrick Park on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m. with a march from Hook Mill to the park, where several speakers will address the crowd on behalf of the many hostages, including Americans, still being held by Hamas following the Oct. 7 attacks.

Michael Mukasey, a former attorney general of the United States and a federal district court judge, will be the keynote speaker. Others speakers include Shabbos Kestenbaum, a Harvard student activist, and Tomer Meir, a survivor of the Nova music festival attack. Photos and placards will commemorate the victims.

The chairman of the event, Mitchell Agoos of East Hampton, who has been working on it since March, said its purpose was to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Israel, many of whom have been displaced and their lives turned upside down. He described Israelis today as “a homeless people.” It is the “obligation of a free and democratic government . . . to live in peace,” Mr. Agoos said.

East Hampton Village police will provide security at the event, which will also feature Israeli music. Four rabbis are expected to attend.

A separate event, “Solidarity Under the Stars,” sponsored by Chabad of the Hamptons on Woods Lane in East Hampton, is scheduled for next Thursday night, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.. Several Israelis, including a model who lost her fiancé that day, will present firsthand accounts of how they managed to avoid capture. The evening will also feature various performers and musicians. Tickets, starting at $150, are available from solidarityunderthestars.com.

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