Pro-Israeli demonstration, New York City, July 28, 2014.
A girl with a Star of David painted on her face attends a pro-Israeli demonstration near the United Nations in midtown Manhattan in New York City, July 28, 2014. Photo by Reuters
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Israel's ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor addresses pro-Israel rally in New York City, July 28, 2014. Photo by Permanent Mission of Israel to the UN
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People hold signs during a pro-Israeli demonstration near the United Nations in midtown Manhattan in New York City, July 28, 2014. Photo by Reuters

Members of Congress and thousands of Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations.

The Monday afternoon rally, organized by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, was intended to show support for Israel as it battles Hamas. The rally on 47th Street in Manhattan was co-sponsored by Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Jewish groups.

“There is one word to describe why there are so many innocent who have died: Hamas,” said Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

The event included speeches by Israeli diplomats, members of Congress and the heads of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University, as well as a performance by the Jewish a capella group The Maccabeats.

A small pro-Palestinian counter-rally took place across the street from the pro-Israel rally.