Town of Oyster Bay residents demand release of hostages 30 days since Hamas' surprise attack on Israel
Town of Oyster Bay residents held a vigil to demand the return of Hamas' hostages as Sunday marked 30 days since the terrorist group attacked Israel.
Hundreds crowded the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, united in prayer for all Jewish people.
"I think it's good for the community. It's good for the world to see where we stand. It's good to show our support," said Paul Dashefsky, of Massapequa Park.
"It speaks volumes when so many of our residents come out to stand together, to be unified with solidarity against the atrocious acts of Hamas," said Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino.
On Oct 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack in Israel. More than 200 were taken hostage, including Americans.
Residents held candles, waved flags and signs in support of Israel and demanded the immediate return of the hostages. One of the hostages is Plainview resident Omer Neutra. He was serving in Israel's military near the Gaza border. His family spoke to the crowd and thanked them for their continued support.
"Today marks 30 days. Thirty days since this very, very dark Saturday. Thirty days with barely any sign of life not knowing whether the hostages are alive or what condition," said Ronen Neutra, Omer Neutra's father.
"You should know, right now in this most challenging times for us all, this love for you Omer is overflowing," said Omer's mother, Orna Neutra. "Whole communities, both here and in Israel, pray for your safe return."
"It's incredibly important to join with the community to show solidarity for Israel and demand the return of one of our own sons," Saladino said.