The mayor of New York met with Rabbi Pinto at his home in Manhattan.

Eric Adams spoke with the leader of the Shova Israel communities about current issues, first and foremost the issue of anti-Semitism and the release of hostages held by Hamas

Video: Rabbi Pinto’s meeting with New York City Mayor Eric Adams/PR

The struggle against anti-Semitism and the effort to free the hostages: Eric Adams, Mayor of New York, met last night with Rebbe Rabbi Josiah Pinto, leader of the Shova Israel communities around the world, and spoke with him about current issues, first and foremost the issue of anti-Semitism and the release of hostages held by Hamas.

Mayor Adams arrived at Rabbi Pinto’s home in Manhattan for a special visit, where he spoke with the rabbi for a long hour. Rabbi Pinto praised the mayor for his struggle on behalf of American Jews and against manifestations of anti-Semitism in the world, “We must eradicate the scourge of anti-Semitism,” Rabbi Pinto said, adding: “Every person in the world who has a heart must fight for the release of the abductees from Hamas. The suffering that the families are going through is unimaginable.

Previously, New York City Mayor Adams hosted the families of the abductees Omer Shem Tov, Tamir Nimrodi, Itai Chen, Shlomi Ziv, Hanan Yablonka, Alex Dubnov, Ron Benjamin, the family of those returning from captivity Dafna and Ella Elyakim, and Roni Eshel’s father, Eyal Eshel, who lit the menorah together with the mayor.

Adams visited Israel following the events of October 7 and has since adhered to his powerful approach against Hamas. 

The families of the abductees thanked the mayor for President Biden’s and the United States’ support for Israel and asked him to continue working to increase American pressure on Qatar and Egypt to release the abductees from Gaza.

“We are at a defining moment, a moment in which we understand the importance of light and what it symbolizes, especially after the terrible events of the seventh of October. We want to be clear in our call: Hamas must be destroyed. I support the families of the abductees who came to New York to express the demand to bring their loved ones home now. It is a failure that those responsible for the heinous crimes are not brought to justice, when there are captives in Gaza when the networks are full of hatred,” Adams said.

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