New York City — At 10AM, July 14, 2014 The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, together with the Jewish Caucus of the New York City Council organized a press conference in front of the steps of City Hall. With 14 members, this year’s caucus is bigger than ever and comprises the largest percentage of Jewish members on the Council since it expanded to 51 seats in 1991. Chairmanships come with an $8,000 a year bonus, while leadership positions bolster the councilman’s $112,000 annual salary by $15,000.
Michael Miller of the Jewish Community Relations Council approached the podium only to have his voice drowned out by protesters. “Free, free Palestine! End the occupation now!” protesters chanted about 300 feet away who were not permitted on the other side of the gates. Protesters were staged at both entrances. The protest was organized by Human Rights Attorney, Lamis Deek and community organizer Raja Abdulhaq.
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