By Spectrum News Staff New York City
PUBLISHED 8:30 PM ET Oct. 17, 2023
The war in Israel continues to escalate after terror attacks from Hamas on Oct. 7 caught the country by surprise. Israel’s military has retaliated by pounding Gaza with a barrage of air strikes ahead of an expected ground offensive.
Hundreds of people were killed in a hospital in Gaza City on Tuesday, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.
Israeli officials are denying responsibility for the attack, saying it was a failed rocket launch by Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
This comes as calls are growing for Israel to stop its aerial attack on Gaza. A group of Jewish protesters gathered outside the White House Monday calling for a ceasefire. Another demonstration is planned for Wednesday outside Congress.
Rebecca Vilkomerson, a longtime community organizer and former executive director of the nonprofit group Jewish Voice for Peace, joined political reporter Bobby Cuza on “Inside City Hall” Tuesday night to talk more about the Israel-Hamas war.
Vilkomerson currently serves as a board member for the organization Showing Up for Racial Justice.