Borough President Vito Fossella gathered with his fellow elected officials and representatives from the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island and the Council of Jewish Organizations to stand in solidarity with Israel after last weekend's terrorist attacks left more than 1,000 dead.
"The people of Staten Island understand, sadly, what terrorism is about," said Borough President Fossella at a press conference in the Joan & Alan Bernikow JCC. "When we were attacked, Israel stood with us. Now when Israel is attacked, we must stand with them."
Deputy and Acting Consul General of Israel Tsach Saar said the “cruelty was unprecedented.”
“The victims were Jews, non-Jews, Israelis and Americans from civilians to soldiers from the young to the elderly,” he said. “The atrocities committed are unspeakable. These were not just acts against Israel, but against America, against the free world, against all of humanity.”
Mendy Mirocznik, the president of the board of directors of the Council of Jewish Organizations, recounted a phone call with his son, Ariel, who is studying in Israel.
“We spoke to Ariel, our son just turned 18, and his reaction was ‘mom and dad, I am not leaving -- this is my home, my cousins were taken to the front to mobilize, and my contribution is to make the lives of the soldiers easier and to show moral support to the people of my nation. I am staying here.’’’