Seeing tens of thousands marching for Israel and its pride was a sight to behold in the Big Apple on Sunday.
Hundreds of groups representing the American Jewry, from yeshiva students to bikers, marched and rode down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, along with top American and Israeli government officials. Tagged the largest expression of solidarity with Israel outside of its borders, the parade normally had not taken place for three years due to the pandemic. In light of the return of the event, the theme of this year’s parade was “Together again.”
Since the last parade in 2019, antisemitism has surged in New York, and yet the parade passed without incident, and a protest against the event was sparsely attended.
Thousands of students from Jewish schools in the New York region marched through central Manhattan, waving Israeli and American flags, dancing and singing in Hebrew. Many of the students wore coordinated shirts with the parade’s slogan emblazoned on them in Hebrew and English. Some of the students chanted in Hebrew, “Israel is my home,” and “The people of Israel live.” There were also representatives of mainstream groups including Jewish medical organizations, the Israeli scouts, Yeshiva University, and Nefesh B’Nefesh.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul marched with an Israeli flag alongside New York State Attorney General Tish James and parade grandmaster Harley Lippman, an American entrepreneur who played a part in brokering the Abraham Accords. New York City Mayor Eric Adams marched next to Israel’s consul to New York Asaf Zamir and parade organizer Gideon Taylor of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
Former New York City mayors Bill de Blasio and Rudy Giuliani also joined the procession, as did congressional representatives Lee Zeldin, Jerrold Nadler, and Ritchie Torres.
An Israeli delegation was led by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Immigration and Absorption Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata, and Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai. Labor MK Gilad Kariv, Yesh Atid’s Inbar Bezek, and Likud’s Ofir Akunis also marched, as did a group from Israel’s United Nations delegation, led by envoy Gilad Erdan. Ambassadors and diplomats from Australia, Bhutan, Nauru, Bulgaria, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Latvia, and Brazil also joined.