HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Dozens of people gathered in Harrisburg on Sunday to remember those captured by Hamas.
“I think our community is still struggling with the fact that the pictures on every chair…You’ll see pictures of 240 mothers, children and grandmothers who woke up one morning just to go about their day at breakfast, most of them, and “There were also taken,” said David Cohen, CEO and president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg.
Spencer Markowitz grew up in Harrisburg and was in Israel on October 7thTh the day Hamas attacked.
“I had plans. Like any other day. I was supposed to meet a friend,” Markowitz said.
Markowitz was able to come home a few days later.
On Sunday, he joined dozens of others at the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center on Front Street praying for the release of the more than 200 hostages.
“Obviously the tragedy that occurred on October 7th was very difficult to bear, very terrible…So it was that communities like Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, came together to take the time to address this, respect this and Raising money for it “It’s great to see how hard we’re trying to bring her home,” Markowitz said.
Of those 200 hostages, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said nine Americans are still missing after the Hamas attack and hostage negotiations are continuing.
“This is terrorism, taking people out of their homes,” said Sheryl M. Delozier, Republican state representative from Cumberland County. As the war continues in the Middle East, calls for a ceasefire are increasing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to do so until all hostages were released.
“We want everyone to say as loudly as possible that they need to come home,” Cohen said.