South Queens, NY – New York State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-South Queens) returned from a high-level solidarity trip to Israel this past week. During her time in Israel she met with Members of the Knesset, spoke in depth to survivors of the October 7th terrorist attack, and visited one of the ravaged kibbutzim on the border of Gaza.
“As emotionally difficult as I knew this journey would be, I had to take this opportunity to learn and see firsthand the atrocities that occurred on October 7th. Even more so, I wanted to convey my unwavering support and love to Israel, and the support and love from my constituents,” said Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato. “I could see how it meant so much to the Israelis I spoke with when I told them that our community stands in full solidarity with them!”
During her time in Israel, Pheffer Amato visited the Kotel and spoke with Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Sites of Israel. Together they lit a memorial candle to honor those who lost their lives since the war’s inception.
The Assemblywoman had previously visited Israel in February of this year and had toured Kibbutz Kfar Aza which is less than a mile from Gaza. The Assemblywoman returned to the community which stands in ruins after the Hamas terrorist attacks. “We played with children here. I spoke to women and men who support peace. To now be here and see the awful level of destruction done to a loving community is overwhelming. It truly does not seem real,” said the Assemblywoman.
“The one thing that will always stay with me is the resiliency of the Israeli people. Throughout all this pain they have faith and are committed to their country - their hope is a shining light during this dark time. I am very honored to have been able to bring the love and support of our community to Israel and let it be clear that in New York we stand with Israel,” said Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato.