Americans rally for hostage Israeli soldiers

Tuesday, July 17, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

More than 1,000 people participated in a demonstration opposite the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Monday to demand the world body do more to secure the release of three Israeli soldiers being held by Hizballah and Hamas.

The gathering included the heads of major US Jewish organizations, leaders of local ethnic communities, Israeli diplomats and American politicians.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler was quoted by The Jerusalem Post as blasting the UN for failing to enforce its own resolution that ended last summer's Lebanon war, and which demanded the unconditional release of the two soldiers abducted by Hizballah.

Following the rally, organizers presented a petition with more than 50,000 signatures insisting on the immediate release of all three hostages.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon responded to the demonstration by telling reporters he has repeatedly asked Hizballah and Hamas to free the Israelis. Ban was adamant he is doing everything in his power to remedy the situation.

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