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EXCLUSIVE: ‘It is my responsibility to be their voice’: Israeli girl who has six members of the family being held hostage by Hamas says she is in a ‘dwelling nightmare’ as she joins 300,000 in DC for Professional-Israel march

EXCLUSIVE: ‘It is my responsibility to be their voice’: Israeli girl who has six members of the family being held hostage by Hamas says she is in a ‘dwelling nightmare’ as she joins 300,000 in DC for Professional-Israel march


A girl with six members of the family being held hostage by Hamas mentioned she was serving as ‘their voice’ alongside the 200,000 pro-Israel protesters marching in Washington Tuesday.

Alana Zeitchik, who lives in New York, mentioned a half-dozen of her cousins have been snatched from a kibbutz and has been talking out for the reason that week of the assault. She was one of many audio system on the march.

Zeitchik instructed DailyMail.com her life has been ‘a nightmare’ and ‘completely terrible as her cousin Shahan, Shahan’s husband David, their twin 3-year-olds, Emma and Yuli, Shahan’s sister Danielle and her 5-year-old daughter have been held captive. 

‘Day-after-day I’ve to get up and do not forget that six of my members of the family, six individuals I really like probably the most on the planet,’ she mentioned. ‘So it is a dwelling nightmare. It is just like the worst factor you might ever think about.’ 

Zeitchik has made a number of posts about her lacking household on her Instagram account and throughout a number of networks demanding they arrive house. 

Alana Zeitchik, who lives in New York, said a half-dozen of her cousins were snatched from a kibbutz and has been speaking out since the week of the attack . She was one of the speakers at the march

Alana Zeitchik, who lives in New York, mentioned a half-dozen of her cousins have been snatched from a kibbutz and has been talking out for the reason that week of the assault . She was one of many audio system on the march

Zeitchik told DailyMail.com her life has been 'a nightmare' and 'absolutely awful as her cousin Shahan, Shahan's husband David, their twin 3-year-olds, Emma and Yuli, Shahan's sister Danielle and her 5-year-old daughter have been held captive

Zeitchik told DailyMail.com her life has been 'a nightmare' and 'absolutely awful as her cousin Shahan, Shahan's husband David, their twin 3-year-olds, Emma and Yuli, Shahan's sister Danielle and her 5-year-old daughter have been held captive

Zeitchik instructed DailyMail.com her life has been ‘a nightmare’ and ‘completely terrible as her cousin Shahan, Shahan’s husband David, their twin 3-year-olds, Emma and Yuli, Shahan’s sister Danielle and her 5-year-old daughter have been held captive

She spoke on the march as a result of she felt she needed to characterize her household in an try to convey them again.

‘I’ve a really massive household in Israel and my household is not right here. I am right here within the west. And so it’s my responsibility to be their voice right here and to advocate for them in order that the world will know what’s taking place to us.’

In a uncommon present of bipartisanship, new Republican Speaker of the Home Mike Johnson appeared alongside Democrats senate majority chief Chuck Schumer and Home minority chief Hakeem Jeffries as all of them pledged their help for Israel.

‘The requires a ceasefire are outrageous,’ Johnson mentioned. ‘Israel will stop its counteroffensive when Hamas ceases to be a menace to the Jewish state.’

Schumer additionally took the stage and mentioned ‘by no means ever will we overlook the evil of Hamas‘ as he chanted ‘convey them house’ with the group. 

The New York senator, the highest-ranking Jewish elected official in American historical past, pledged ‘we won’t relaxation till we get all the help you want.’

In a uncommon present of bipartisanship, new Speaker of the Home Mike Johnson spoke after Schumer.

In the meantime Jeffries additionally pledged to proceed working in congress to help Israel, saying: ‘Hamas needs to wipe Israel off the face of the earth , so let me be clear we won’t let that occur.’

'Every day I have to wake up and remember that six of my family members, six people I love the most in the world,' Zeitchik said. 'So it's a living nightmare. It's like the worst thing you could ever imagine.¿

'Every day I have to wake up and remember that six of my family members, six people I love the most in the world,' Zeitchik said. 'So it's a living nightmare. It's like the worst thing you could ever imagine.¿

‘Day-after-day I’ve to get up and do not forget that six of my members of the family, six individuals I really like probably the most on the planet,’ Zeitchik mentioned. ‘So it is a dwelling nightmare. It is just like the worst factor you might ever think about.’

She spoke at the march because she felt she had to represent her family in an attempt to bring them back

She spoke at the march because she felt she had to represent her family in an attempt to bring them back

She spoke on the march as a result of she felt she needed to characterize her household in an try to convey them again

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‘I’ve a really massive household in Israel and my household is not right here. I am right here within the west. And so it’s my responsibility to be their voice right here and to advocate for them in order that the world will know what’s taking place to us,’ Zeitchik instructed DailyMail.com

Signs of kidnapped Israelis were held along with slogans saying 'NO TRUCE WITH TERRORISTS' at the march

Signs of kidnapped Israelis were held along with slogans saying 'NO TRUCE WITH TERRORISTS' at the march

Indicators of kidnapped Israelis have been held together with slogans saying ‘NO TRUCE WITH TERRORISTS’ on the march

<img id="i-fcd303b784925441" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77795665-12747731-Jacob_Mitrani_11_from_New_Jersey_waves_Israeli_flags_during_a_Ma-a-23_1700014781782.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Jacob Mitrani, 11, from New Jersey, waves Israeli flags throughout a March for Israel rally on the Nationwide Mall” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-fcd303b784925441" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77795665-12747731-Jacob_Mitrani_11_from_New_Jersey_waves_Israeli_flags_during_a_Ma-a-23_1700014781782.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Jacob Mitrani, 11, from New Jersey, waves Israeli flags throughout a March for Israel rally on the Nationwide Mall” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

Jacob Mitrani, 11, from New Jersey, waves Israeli flags throughout a March for Israel rally on the Nationwide Mall

Johnson was adopted by minority Home chief Hakeem Jeffries, who additionally pledged to proceed working in congress to help Israel

<img id="i-1784bf3edfad30d5" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77797517-12747731-Speaker_of_the_House_Mike_Johnson_R_LA_House_Minority_Leader_Hak-a-25_1700014781793.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Speaker of the Home Mike Johnson (R-LA), Home Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), converse throughout the March For Israel” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-1784bf3edfad30d5" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77797517-12747731-Speaker_of_the_House_Mike_Johnson_R_LA_House_Minority_Leader_Hak-a-25_1700014781793.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Speaker of the Home Mike Johnson (R-LA), Home Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), converse throughout the March For Israel” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

Speaker of the Home Mike Johnson (R-LA), Home Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), converse throughout the March For Israel 

Democratic political analyst Van Jones was one of many first to talk to the group, and mentioned he’s praying for the return of the Israelis hostages.

‘The Jews stood with the Civil Rights motion and that is why I am unable to keep silent in the present day,’ he mentioned.

‘I am a peace man, no extra rockets from Gaza and no extra bombs falling down on the individuals of Gaza,’ Jones added, prompting the group to chant, ‘no stop fireplace!’

Israeli president Isaac Herzog made a digital look from the Western Wall in Jerusalem and thanked American allies and the Biden administration for ‘their ethical readability.’ 

‘Jews in America have to be secure. Jews everywhere in the world have to be secure,’ Herzog mentioned. ‘Simply as you stand with us, we stand with you.’ 

Kinfolk of a number of the hostages and actress Debra Messing have been are additionally amongst these scheduled to talk.

The occasion was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Convention of Presidents of Main American Jewish Organizations. 

The Jewish Federations of North America mentioned the occasion would ‘convey collectively communities from throughout the nation to indicate sturdy solidarity with the Israeli individuals, whereas demanding the quick launch of the remaining hostages and to sentence the rise of antisemitism.’

<img id="i-2e1427a8509e4c04" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77795701-12747731-Rep_Ritchie_Torres_D_NY_speaks_onstage_at_the_March_For_Israel-a-26_1700014781842.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) speaks onstage on the March For Israel” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-2e1427a8509e4c04" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77795701-12747731-Rep_Ritchie_Torres_D_NY_speaks_onstage_at_the_March_For_Israel-a-26_1700014781842.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) speaks onstage on the March For Israel” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) speaks onstage on the March For Israel

<img id="i-c33a3afe5b029de0" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77793597-12747731-Demonstrators_cheer_as_they_attend_the_March_for_Israel_on_the_N-a-27_1700014781854.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Demonstrators cheer as they attend the March for Israel on the Nationwide Mall” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-c33a3afe5b029de0" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77793597-12747731-Demonstrators_cheer_as_they_attend_the_March_for_Israel_on_the_N-a-27_1700014781854.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Demonstrators cheer as they attend the March for Israel on the Nationwide Mall” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

Demonstrators cheer as they attend the March for Israel on the Nationwide Mall

Israeli president Isaac Herzog made a virtual appearance from the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israeli president Isaac Herzog made a virtual appearance from the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israeli president Isaac Herzog made a digital look from the Western Wall in Jerusalem

The Jewish Federations of North America said the event will 'bring together communities from across the country to show strong solidarity with the Israeli people'

The Jewish Federations of North America said the event will 'bring together communities from across the country to show strong solidarity with the Israeli people'

The Jewish Federations of North America mentioned the occasion will ‘convey collectively communities from throughout the nation to indicate sturdy solidarity with the Israeli individuals’

<img id="i-a0bc8d85badb0b80" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77794877-12747731-Crowds_of_supporters_gather_on_the_National_Mall_at_the_March_fo-a-29_1700014781962.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Crowds of supporters collect on the Nationwide Mall on the March for Israel on Tuesday” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-a0bc8d85badb0b80" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77794877-12747731-Crowds_of_supporters_gather_on_the_National_Mall_at_the_March_fo-a-29_1700014781962.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Crowds of supporters collect on the Nationwide Mall on the March for Israel on Tuesday” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

Crowds of supporters collect on the Nationwide Mall on the March for Israel on Tuesday

Yeshiva College in New York cancelled lessons on Tuesday, and a pair of,500 college students are anticipated to attend the rally, college president Rabbi Ari Berman instructed The Washington Publish.

Moreover, greater than 250 New Yorkers traveled in 5 buses to the capital for a day journey to attend the rally. 

Jewish college students from Queens School in New York and the College of Maryland additionally traveled to DC to attend.

Furthermore, a video posted to social media confirmed members of the Jewish Federation Of Cleveland, Ohio, hopping on a bus headed for the rally early on Tuesday.

Whereas there have been no direct threats towards the demonstration, organizers have mentioned they count on counter-protestors to be current, and police have mentioned they may step up their presence and the Nationwide Guard has been known as in to help.

The event was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

The event was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

The occasion was organized by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Convention of Presidents of Main American Jewish Organizations 

The Gaza war has seen anti-Semitic incidents in the US soar by nearly 400 percent, per the Anti-Defamation League

The Gaza war has seen anti-Semitic incidents in the US soar by nearly 400 percent, per the Anti-Defamation League

The Gaza battle has seen anti-Semitic incidents within the US soar by almost 400 %, per the Anti-Defamation League

The rally has already drastically disrupted site visitors in DC, with parking restrictions and closures in placer for a lot of the day. Whereas the rally is scheduled to start at 1pm EST, gates are anticipated to open as early as 10am.

Fourth Avenue from Structure Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW, will probably be closed till Wednesday at 5am.

Seventh Avenue from Structure Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW, third Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Independence Avenue, SW, Madison Drive from 4th Avenue to 14th Avenue, NW, Jefferson Drive from 4th Avenue to 14th Avenue, SW, Maryland Avenue from Independence Avenue to third Avenue, SW, Inbound 14th Avenue from 14th Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW and the twelfth Avenue Tunnel will probably be closed till Tuesday at 6pm.

The Hamas assaults of October 7 left over 1,000 Israelis useless and 240 kidnapped – and unleashed probably the most important battle within the area in years.

Since Israel started its counterattack in Gaza, greater than 11,000 individuals have been killed.

<img id="i-13b8ab03ce9425dc" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77783745-12747731-People_from_all_over_the_nation_are_traveling_to_the_March_for_I-a-33_1700014782042.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Individuals from everywhere in the nation are touring to the 'March for Israel‘ on the Nationwide Mall” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-13b8ab03ce9425dc" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77783745-12747731-People_from_all_over_the_nation_are_traveling_to_the_March_for_I-a-33_1700014782042.jpg" peak="425" width="634" alt="Individuals from everywhere in the nation are touring to the 'March for Israel‘ on the Nationwide Mall” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

Individuals from everywhere in the nation are touring to the ‘March for Israel‘ on the Nationwide Mall

People pray on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House before the rally

People pray on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House before the rally

Individuals pray on Pennsylvania Avenue in entrance of the White Home earlier than the rally 

Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt mentioned there have been assaults on companies which can be run by Jewish individuals, along with assaults on people and locations of worship.

‘I am not speaking about shops producing IDF [Israel Defense Forces] T-shirts; I am speaking a couple of espresso store on Lengthy Island, an ice cream parlor within the Bay Space, a restaurant in Chicago,’ he mentioned.

Greenblatt additionally raised the problem of the spate of anti-Semitic incidents which have taken place on campuses of Ivy-league schools together with Harvard and Cornell. 

The ADL Heart on Extremism mentioned preliminary information confirmed 312 reported U.S. anti-Semitic incidents from Oct. 7 to Oct. 23, together with harassment, vandalism and assault.

About 190 of these have been straight linked to the battle between Israel and Hamas.

Amongst examples cited by ADL have been alleged bodily assault; violent on-line messages, particularly on messaging platform Telegram; and rallies the place ‘ADL discovered express or sturdy implicit help for Hamas and/or violence towards Jews in Israel.’

The Biden administration has warned that U.S. colleges and schools should take quick motion to cease antisemitism and Islamophobia on their campuses, citing an ‘alarming rise’ in threats and harassment.

More than 250 New Yorkers traveled in five buses to the capital for a day trip to attend the rally

More than 250 New Yorkers traveled in five buses to the capital for a day trip to attend the rally

Greater than 250 New Yorkers traveled in 5 buses to the capital for a day journey to attend the rally

Final week the Schooling Division mentioned there’s ‘renewed urgency’ to struggle discrimination towards college students throughout the IsraelHamas battle. The letter reminded colleges of their authorized responsibility to guard college students and intervene to cease harassment that disrupts their schooling.

‘The rise of experiences of hate incidents on our school campuses within the wake of the IsraelHamas battle is deeply traumatic for college kids and ought to be alarming to all People” Schooling Secretary Miguel Cardona mentioned in a press release. ‘Antisemitism, Islamophobia and all different types of hatred go towards all the things we stand for as a nation.’

The College of Pennsylvania is simply one of many Ivy Leagues in sizzling water following demonstrations by pupil teams which have been deemed as pro-Hamas.

The varsity is dealing with a civil rights grievance as it’s accused of being a ‘magnet for anti-Semites’ after anti-Israel slogans have been projected on a number of of the varsity’s buildings final week.

‘From the river to the ocean, palestine will probably be free,’ learn one message splashed throughout the John M Huntsman corridor on Wednesday night time. The slogan calls for the land from the River Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea, that means the tip of the State of Israel

The rally has already greatly disrupted traffic in DC, with parking restrictions and closures in placer for much of the day

The rally has already greatly disrupted traffic in DC, with parking restrictions and closures in placer for much of the day

The rally has already drastically disrupted site visitors in DC, with parking restrictions and closures in placer for a lot of the day

While there have been no direct threats against the demonstration, organizers have said they expect counter-protestors to be present

While there have been no direct threats against the demonstration, organizers have said they expect counter-protestors to be present

Whereas there have been no direct threats towards the demonstration, organizers have mentioned they count on counter-protestors to be current

The Jewish Federations of North America said the event will 'bring together communities from across the country to show strong solidarity with the Israeli people'

The Jewish Federations of North America said the event will 'bring together communities from across the country to show strong solidarity with the Israeli people'

The Jewish Federations of North America mentioned the occasion will ‘convey collectively communities from throughout the nation to indicate sturdy solidarity with the Israeli individuals’

It comes after the celebrated college elevated safety and contacted the FBI after a string of experiences of threats towards Jewish college students.

The Brandeis Heart saying it should file a grievance towards the varsity, stating it ‘has allowed its campus to turn into a hostile setting for its Jewish college students in addition to a magnet for anti-Semites.’

The complaints ‘search quick and particular motion to handle rising discrimination towards and harassment of Jews in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.’

UPenn mentioned on Monday that a number of of its workers members acquired ‘vile, disturbing anti-Semitic emails’ threatening violence towards Jews on campus, notably in Penn Hillel, an on-campus Jewish group, and Lauder School Home.

College president Liz Magill wrote: ‘These messages additionally included hateful language, concentrating on the non-public identities of the recipients. Penn’s Division of Public Security was instantly notified and responded. Penn Police additionally notified the FBI of this potential hate crime and a joint investigation is underway.

The University of Pennsylvania is facing a civil rights complaint as it is accused of being a 'magnet for anti-Semites'

The University of Pennsylvania is facing a civil rights complaint as it is accused of being a 'magnet for anti-Semites'

The College of Pennsylvania is dealing with a civil rights grievance as it’s accused of being a ‘magnet for anti-Semites’

<img id="i-193bc5e228b7d61c" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77498655-12747731-A_clip_emerged_purportedly_showing_a_UPenn_student_praising_Hama-a-40_1700014782306.jpg" peak="581" width="634" alt="A clip emerged purportedly exhibiting a UPenn pupil praising Hamas‘ ‘superb October 7’ incursion into southern Israel” class=”blkBorder img-share” model=”max-width:100%” />

<img id="i-193bc5e228b7d61c" src="https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2023/11/15/02/77498655-12747731-A_clip_emerged_purportedly_showing_a_UPenn_student_praising_Hama-a-40_1700014782306.jpg" peak="581" width="634" alt="A clip emerged purportedly exhibiting a UPenn pupil praising Hamas‘ ‘superb October 7’ incursion into southern Israel” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

A clip emerged purportedly exhibiting a UPenn pupil praising Hamas‘ ‘superb October 7’ incursion into southern Israel 

Magill has additionally acknowledged ‘swastikas and hateful graffiti’ and ‘chants at rallies, captured on video and broadly circulated, that glorify the terrorist atrocities of Hamas, that remember and reward the slaughter and kidnapping of harmless individuals, and that query Israel‘s very proper to exist.’

Professional-palestine demonstrations have taken place everywhere in the western world for the reason that star of the battle within the Center East final month.

Final Thursday, pro-Palestinian demonstrators occupied the foyer of The New York Instances,, demanding a right away cease-fire in Gaza whereas accusing the media of exhibiting a bias towards Israel in its protection of the IsraelHamas battle.

The most recent in a sequence of near-nightly demonstrations for the reason that begin of the battle noticed hundreds march by Midtown Manhattan to protest Israel‘s assaults on Gaza. 

Earlier this month, tens of hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators from Washington to Paris marched as they known as for a halt to Israel‘s bombardment of Gaza.

The marches mirrored rising disquiet in regards to the mounting civilian casualty toll and affected by the IsraelHamas battle. Protesters, notably in nations with giant Muslim populations, together with the US, UK. and France, expressed disillusionment with their governments for supporting Israel whereas its bombardments of hospitals and residential areas within the Gaza strip intensify.



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