Arkansas residents discuss family ties to Israel and Gaza

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- The conflict between Israel and Hamas may be happening more than 6,000 miles away, but it's having a direct impact on a number of residents right here in Little Rock.

A somber mood filled the room at the Islamic center of Little Rock Thursday night, where Ebrahim Abunasrah met with friends and family discussing the ongoing conflict in Gaza where his great uncle and other relatives are in hiding. "The fighting that's going on there is not about religion. It's against any religion to kill someone," he said. "There's nowhere for them to run. They go to the hospital and the health organizations but none of it is safe."

Across town at Congregation Agudath Achim, Ellyn Polsky and other members of the Jewish community met to show their support for Israel. "My son who lives in Tel Aviv goes for cover multiple times a day," Polsky said. "We feel an attachment. This is a homeland for Jews around the world."

Both congregations met to mourn the lives of civilians and soldiers from both sides of the border and Polsky and Abunasrah agreed the fighting needs to stop soon.


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