Hundreds protest Israeli military chief in N.Y.


(JTA) — Hundreds of protesters marched in front of a New York City hotel where the Israeli military’s chief of staff was speaking at a dinner.

Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi called on the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear program and said all options should remain on the table during his address Tuesday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The dinner was hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Outside, about 500 protesters carried signs reading "From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free," "Israel is a Terrorist State," "No More US Tax Dollars for Israel" and "Nuremberg Justice For Israeli War Criminals."

Some 25 American, Jewish and Israeli organizations, including churches and women’s groups, participated in the demonstration outside of the hotel against the man they called the "butcher of Gaza."

About 100 pro-Israel counter-demonstrators gathered across the street waving Israeli flags and holding signs. 

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