As Joel Eidlisz walks in Lower Manhattan, people stop on the streets and in their cars to record videos on their cell phones. Why? Eidlisz is an Orthodox Jew carrying a Palestinian flag at a rally protesting Israel’s bombing of Gaza.
Since “Operation Protective Edge” began three weeks ago, more than 1,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza, while 43 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have died. Israel began the bombing in response to rocket launches by Hamas.
On July 24, Eidlisz was one of approximately 20 Orthodox Jewish men at the National Day of Action for Gaza march. The march started at Foley Square and was organized by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel. Non-Orthodox Jews also attended, protesting the Gaza bombing. Jewish-based co-organizers included Jews Say No! and Jewish Voice for Peace.
Listen to the protestors’ comments in this video by Áine Pennello.
Áine Pennello is a multimedia journalist in New York. Follow her on Twitter.