Federation in the news: Western Mass News 11/26/23

Local Jewish organization reacts to release of more hostages in Israel and Gaza

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) – Local Jewish organizations said Sunday that the release of the hostages is a start, but more work needs to be done to get all the refugees home safe.

The cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war continues. On Sunday, Israel released 39 Palestinian prisoners. Hamas militants also released 17 hostages, including the first American, four-year-old Abigail Edan. President Biden said in a statement, in part: “Thank God she’s home” and said that the U.S. will continue to push for the release of all hostages captured by Hamas.

“It’s a wonderful start, but it’s not enough until we can get them all back home safe and sound,” said Bobby Naimark with the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

As international mediators, including United States representatives, try to extend the cease-fire, Naimark said the support of President Biden and other politicians is appreciated.