In the Capital City more than 100 people rallied in support of I - - Jackson, MS

In the Capital City more than 100 people rallied in support of Israel

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

On Sunday, more than 6700 miles away from the fighting that has literally changed Gaza's landscape, Jackson residents are standing up for Israel.

Dozens of people came to Northside Drive, a spot that proved support doesn't have to mean standing with a sign.

"Hundreds honked their horns and showed their support with a thumbs-up," Beth Israel Congregation member Erik Hearon said.

Beth Israel is the largest Jewish congregation in Mississippi and the only synagogue in Jackson.

"We had about a hundred people come and support Israel, given the attacks they have suffered from and the unfortunate responses they've had to make to defend themselves," Hearon said.

Rabbi Ted Riter said the crowd that gathered Sunday reflected a melting pot of Mississippi.

"We're heartbroken at what's going on, and we're still standing behind Israel very strong. It's a homeland for Jews, but it goes way beyond that, which is why this was not a synagogue event," Riter said. "It was actually a community event with other churches coming out here as well."

A handful of protesters silently voiced their opposition to the U.S. aiding Israel, saying they're part of the problem.

Hearon says he knows the images coming out of the region are tough to swallow.

The latest count from Palestinian sources indicated more than 1,900 people, mostly civilians, have already died in the last four weeks.

An additional 67 Israelis have also died.

"I hate to see the pictures of the children on the news, but their parents voted Hamas into office knowing full well Hamas was committed to the destruction of Israel, and this is just an unfortunate result of that," Hearon said.

Across the country, thousands have gathered over the last month to show their support of Israel. Riter said that commitment is strong, especially in the Magnolia State.

"Jackson's been very supportive of Israel, and it's wonderful to be here surrounded by people who have that support in the community and country," Riter said.



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