KINGSTON: The Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Wednesday included guest speaker Congressman Pat Ryan (D, NY-18). He was going to talk about issues that affected the business community, when a dozen individuals raised their banners, demanding that he support an immediate end to the conflict in Gaza. This cut short his speech.
Ryan has insisted that Israel is entitled to self-defense in the wake of the October 7 Hamas onslaught that claimed over 1,000 civilian lives.
A Kingston local named Maurice Shnaider attended the breakfast. On October 7th, both his brother-in-law Yosi Silverman and sister Margit Silverman passed away. It is still thought that Maurice’s niece Shiri, her husband Yarden, and their kids, Kfir and Ariel Bibas, are being held captive. During the demonstration, Maurice stepped up in support of Israel, pointing out that Hamas had killed his family.
More than 20,000 Palestinians have reportedly died since Israel started its operations in Gaza to drive out the terrorists, prompting organizations to demand that he back the ceasefire.
At the Wednesday event, a number of individuals holding flags and banners stood outside Ryan’s speech to a full crowd, demanding that he support a ceasefire. At least one protestor stood up from a breakfast table inside the event while Ryan was speaking, brandishing a sign and yelling on the congressman to take a stance.