A number of New Yorkers across the state on Thursday demanded a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas.
In Albany, members of Palestinian Rights Committee — Upper Hudson Peace Action and Jewish Voice for Peace — Albany gathered near Rep. Paul Tonko’s office.
Advocates said they’ve seen enough destruction and death.
The group also called on Tonko to sign onto a Ceasefire Now resolution proposed by his colleague in the House, Cori Bush. The congressman thus far has supported a humanitarian pause, which confuses ceasefire advocates. They said it falls short of what’s actually needed.
“A ceasefire is the bare minimum that we can do stop killing civilians,” Jewish Voice for Peace organizer Karen Carmeli. “We need to stop killing civilians immediately.”
Supporters of the ceasefire participated in what they called a "die in" where individuals laid in the street, draped with a white sheet representing individuals who've died as a result of the war.
A representative from Tonko’s office spoke with the group shared the congressman’s thoughts from a statement his office provided Spectrum News 1.
“Congressman Tonko’s top concerns are avoiding further deaths of innocent civilians and facilitating the return of all hostages,” it read. “Which is why he has called for a immediate stop to the violence in Gaza and continues to call for aid workers to be allowed to deliver the food, water, medical care and resources needed in Gaza.”
The remarks were not well received. The crowd chanted “ceasefire now” as Tonko’s staffer concluded.
“Giving them water, giving them a little bit of something to eat and then continuing to bomb them with weaponry that is provided by the U.S. government, using U.S. taxpayer dollars is unconscionable,” Carmeli said.
The congressman applauded his constituents for speaking out on the matter.
“The congressman continues to monitor the situation closely and is deeply appreciative of constituents who are raising their voices on this issue,” his office’s statement concluded.