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Jerusalem - NYC Mayor De Blasio In Yad Vashem: Attacks By Palestinians Against Israelis 'Must End'

Published on: October 18, 2015 10:51 AM
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Nir EliasNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem October 18, 2015. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Jerusalem -  The mayor of New York City called on Sunday for an end to attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, as a monthlong outburst of violence continued.

Bill de Blasio is on a three-day trip to Israel, which he has framed as a solidarity mission with the country roiled by unrest. He made the remarks during a visit to Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem.

“People are struggling because of the violence,” de Blasio said, describing the attacks on civilians as “unconscionable and unacceptable according to all our values and it is something that must end.”

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De Blasio made his comments during a visit to Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem on Sunday.

De Blasio’s visit comes during a monthlong wave of unrest that has left eight Israelis dead in stabbing and shooting attacks. Some 40 Palestinians have died, nearly half of them identified by Israel as attackers and others in clashes with Israeli forces.

A trip to Israel is a staple for New York City mayors, who represent a large Jewish constituency. This is de Blasio’s first visit as mayor, his fourth overall and he is set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later Sunday.

Aides said de Blasio considered a trip to the West Bank, but it was scuttled because of security concerns. He was not scheduled to meet with any Palestinian leaders.

De Blasio also made a stop at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (2nd R) visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City October 18, 2015.  (Credit: REUTERS)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (2nd R) visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City October 18, 2015.  (Credit: REUTERS)
New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, walks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time. De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. (Credit: AP)New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, walks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time. De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. (Credit: AP)
New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, walks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time. De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. (Credit: AP)New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, walks at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time. De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. (Credit: AP)
New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, touches the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time. De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. (Credit: AP)New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, touches the stones of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s Old City, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. New York City�s mayor, Bill De Blasio, on Saturday kicked off a brief visit to Israel that he has described as a solidarity mission at a difficult time. De Blasio is in the country after weeks of Israel-Palestinian violence. (Credit: AP)
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (C), during his visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (C), during his visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)
The Mayor of New York  Bill de Blasio  wears a yarmulke on his head during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio wears a yarmulke on his head during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (C-L) lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrances at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (C-L) lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrances at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)
The Mayor of New York  Bill de Blasio (C) looks at pictures of Jewish Holocaust victims at the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part in a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio (C) looks at pictures of Jewish Holocaust victims at the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part in a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (L) lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrances at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (L) lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrances at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De Blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (C), during his visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio (C), during his visit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Israel, 18 October 2015. De blasio took part ub a ceremony honoring the six-million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust of World War II. (Credit: EPA)


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 Oct 18, 2015 at 11:21 AM hashomer Says:

Talk about pandering. One term DeBlasio is a major cog in the anti-Israel wing of the Democrat party. Next he'll be running around in a kafiyah (like Hillary did) in the West Bank kissing ISIS babies for votes.

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 Oct 18, 2015 at 11:54 AM OyGevald Says:

Thank you Mr. Mayor. Now please add to that the Palestinian educational tactics where they teach their youth that no Israel exists on the map. It's not there! It's not mentioned at all.
How would they like if they weren't mentioned ? Imagine the world saying there's no West Bank, its just a beach etc.

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