by Audrey Eagerton for The Arizona Republic
Calling for the release of the 150 Israeli hostages taken by Hamas, a small group in support of Israel gathered early Sunday morning in Scottsdale.
Prayers were sung and the Israeli flag and signs were raised as cars drove by the demonstration on Scottsdale and Thunderbird roads, honking in solidarity.
The demonstration was led Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz (YCT ’10), who began reading off the names of the hostages in Israel. One of those names was familiar to Ilana Bruce who told The Arizona Republic she has family and friends in Israel.
“If you don’t know somebody who’s been kidnapped or killed, you are at least one degree away, as Jew, from knowing someone. We have a friend in the Phoenix community whose cousin was murdered at the Re’im music festival,” Bruce said.
She is referring to the Oct. 7 attacks in southern Israel that ignited the Israel-Hamas War.
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