Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) – As the days pass by and more lives are lost, the Israel-Hamas war continues. Every hour national headlines are released, updating the world on another missile strike or of a protest erupting.
This war is distant in miles but hits close to home for many people. People right here in Syracuse like Rabbi Shore from a local synagogue. With a son, daughter in law, and six grandchildren in Israel, he has been praying three times day for their safety. His oldest granddaughter was even just three blocks away from a missile strike a few days ago.
“When most of these missiles are going into residential areas, that’s terrorism,” Shore said. “Terrorism to strike terror in the hearts of people.”
Shore is certain it is not militants and wants to get the message out there. He believes this is not a war over territory but a war about religion. In the eyes of Hamas, Jewish people are not innocent, he said.
“No one is considered an innocent unless you believe as they do and act as they do. That is scary,” He said.
Carson Crestohl, Jewish Syracuse University graduate student, has the same ideology.
Crestohls’ grandfather fought for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and his whole family is proud of that. He said it is the root of why he is personally connected to the state and invested in its wellbeing and continued thriving.
“The Israeli Defense Force specifically told the people of Gaza to go anywhere else they can, away from where the military targets are but Hamas is specifically mandating that their citizens remain where they are. They’re so intent of making Israel look bad in front of the world that they’re willing to sacrifice potentially millions of their own people.” Crestohl said.
Rabbi Shore and Crestohl agree, the only time Hamas can change is when Hamas loves its children.
“Every night I go to sleep, not asking for the destruction of our enemies, I ask that God that he enlightens them so they put down their arms, they put down their missiles, and truly everyone comes together,” Shore said. “There’s a prophet that says we’re all of one father, we all come from Adam and Eve, let’s act like one cohesive family.”