(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., has come out strongly against an upcoming pro-Hamas rally scheduled for Sunday in the heart of Times Square, condemning it as “abhorrent and morally repugnant.”
Pro-Palestinian protesters cheer after speaker says “the media will tell you that yesterday ‘terrorists’ invaded Israel but we know that actually what happened is that the oppressed people of Palestine broke out of the open-air prison…we know the real terrorists is the Israeli… pic.twitter.com/usHecvOkzr
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) October 8, 2023
In a statement posted on her Twitter account on Saturday, Hochul did not hold back her criticism of the event hosted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,’s socialist group in support of Hamas’s violent onslaught against Israel.
“The people of Israel are facing violent terrorist attacks and civilian kidnappings, she said. “I condemn plans to rally in Times Square tomorrow in support of the perpetrators of these horrific actions. The planned rally is abhorrent and morally repugnant.”
The people of Israel are facing violent terrorist attacks and civilian kidnappings. I condemn plans to rally in Times Square tomorrow in support of the perpetrators of these horrific actions. The planned rally is abhorrent and morally repugnant.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 8, 2023
The rally, organized by the Democratic Socialists of America, is set to take place on Sunday. The group announced the disturbing rally on Twitter.
“In solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to resist 75 years of occupation and apartheid,” the group said in support of Hamas’s violent assault on Israeli women and children.
— NYC-DSA (@nycDSA) October 7, 2023
In a separate post, the socialist group called on the attendees to cover their faces. “Mask up, and don’t post pics of yourself or others during a protest,” they claimed.
The Democratic Socialists is a group closely tied to AOC, who despite her past efforts to block U.S. funding for Israel’s defense against Hamas, condemned the recent terrorist attack.
Congratulations to democratic Socialist @AOC on her win in New York! pic.twitter.com/B8FMjm5t5T
— DSA (@DemSocialists) June 24, 2020
“I condemn Hamas’ attack in the strongest possible terms,” AOC stated. “No child and family should ever endure this kind of violence and fear, and this violence will not solve the ongoing oppression and occupation in the region.”
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) October 7, 2023
Hochul’s stance against the pro-Hamas rally comes amid recent instances of her breaking ranks with her political party, particularly on what Republicans described as an invasion of illegal aliens.
On Oct. 1, Hochul publicly criticized President Joe Biden, urging him to take action to close the southern border.
“We want them to have a limit on who can come across the border. It is too open right now,” Hochul said during an interview with CBS News.
“People coming from all over the world are finding that way through simply saying they need asylum and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York and that is a problem for New York City. 125,000 newly arrived individuals,” she said.
When asked how Congress should address the migrant crisis, New York @GovKathyHochul calls for “a limit on who can come across the border.” Hochul tells @margbrennan many are “simply saying they need asylum and the majority of them seem to be ending up in the streets of New York.” pic.twitter.com/uXAmGXmOQ7
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) October 1, 2023