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Amar’e Stoudemire Sends a (Hanukkah) Message to the UN

The Israeli basketball star posed in front of an enormous hanukkiah in the Old City, ‘doing what my ancestors did’

Jonathan Zalman
December 27, 2016

A couple of days after the UN passed a resolution declaring all Israeli settlements illegal under international law, and that the country cease construction in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and other territories captured in the 1967 war, Israeli basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire sent a not-so-subtle message on behalf of his Jewish ancestors, and geotagged it from the Old City.

This, he wrote, is where the Maccabees were victorious. It’s also where Netanyahu lit candles over the weekend in an act of defiance over the UN ruling. In chorus, here’s Amar’e’s Hanukkah message to the UN, and to all.

Jonathan Zalman is a writer and teacher based in Brooklyn.