Muslim Community of Nassau County hosts pro-Palestine rally in Mineola

The organizer told News 12 that the event’s goal was to encourage peace in Gaza and give a voice to the Palestinians in the war.

News 12 Staff

Oct 15, 2023, 4:12 PM

Updated 221 days ago

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The Muslim Community of Nassau County held a pro-Palestine rally Sunday afternoon in Mineola.
The organizer told News 12 that the event’s goal was to encourage peace in Gaza and give a voice to the Palestinians in the war.
The rally began with prayer on the lawn of the Nassau County Executive Building. Demonstrators said the Israel-Hamas war is creating a humanitarian crisis and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. They also said that those who want to pit Muslims against Jewish people must stop.
"We want to live peacefully with each other, and our religion calls for it," said Abdul Aziz Bhuiyan, of the Muslim Community of Nassau County.
Demonstrators called for all sides to be heard.
Many demonstrators said they will continue to pray for peace in Gaza.
The rally was one of many demonstrations that have taken place both locally and country-wide this week as the Israel-Hamas war continues in the Middle East.
The Gaza Health Ministry said 2,450 Palestinians have been killed and 9,200 wounded since the fighting erupted, more than in the 2014 Gaza war, which lasted over six weeks. That makes this the deadliest of the five Gaza wars for both sides.
More than 1,300 Israelis have been killed, the vast majority of them civilians, in Hamas' Oct. 7 assault. An estimated 150 others, including children, were captured by Hamas and taken into Gaza. It's also the deadliest war for Israel since the 1973 conflict with Egypt and Syria.
AP Wire Services contributed to this report.


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