Despite torrential rain, The Times of Israel's Stuart Winer reports that the people of New York came out yesterday - Jerusalem Day in Israel - to support the Jewish state for the 51st annual Celebrate Israel Parade:
Among those who took part were New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, a delegation of Israeli MKs and city mayors, Israeli Consul General to New York Ido Aharoni, and Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Danny Danon.
“The residents of New York believe in Israel and we have a deep love for the people of Israel,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who also marched in the event. “As long as I am mayor, we will always stand by Israel.”
Some of the cast from the Broadway show “Fiddler on the Roof” joined the marchers and sang songs from the hit musical about Jewish life in Eastern Europe.
The night before the parade, the city’s iconic Empire State Building was lit up in blue and white to mark the occasion.
“It warms the heart to see tens of thousands of Americans going out into the streets of New York to show their unrestricted love for Israel,” Danon said. “We have true friends in the USA, the alliance between the peoples is stronger than ever and is based on a deep commitment to shared values..."