Tens of thousands gathered in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to show support for Israel. Amid the sea of supporters marching with Israeli and U.S. flags were Utah’s Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. John Curtis.

The historic gathering was called the March for Israel. Members of Congress were invited to speak as were the families of the more than 200 hostages held by Hamas, as the Deseret News reported.

At the rally, Curtis, a Republican who represents the 3rd District, said in a post X, formerly known as Twitter, that he met Ruby Chen, the father of Itay Chen, an Israeli-American dual citizen who is being held hostage by Hamas. Chen asked Curtis how many children he has. The Utah representative said he has six.

Rep. John Curtis responds to calls for his arrest in Hong Kong
What to know about the March for Israel

Then, Chen asked, “Do you know where they all slept last night?” Curtis responded that he did know.

“He became emotional describing that he didn’t know where Itay slept last night and he didn’t know what type of treatment his son was getting,” Curtis wrote in his post.

“I attended the march yesterday to prove our unwavering support for Israel, stand up against antisemitism, and bring these hostages home safely.”

Romney also took to X and wrote that the U.S. wholeheartedly supports Israel, which, he said, “has the right to defend its democracy from Iran-backed Hamas terrorists.”

“Joined thousands of marchers on the National Mall to condemn antisemitism, call for the release of hostages, and proudly #StandWithIsrael,” he tweeted.

Rep. Burgess Owens, Sen. Mitt Romney look for ways to counter antisemitism on college campuses

The same day as the rally, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on confronting antisemitism on college campuses.

As The New York Times reported, researchers say antisemitic content rose more than 919% on X and 28% on Facebook in the month since the Oct. 7 attack.

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Utah Republican Rep. Burgess Owens, who chaired the hearing, said that the problem of antisemitism isn’t new.

“It has taken on various forms throughout history, the most noted prior to October 7th, were the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Both will forever remain a stain in the annals of human history,” Owens said in his opening remarks. “While antisemitic speech might be free, it deserves our moral condemnation.”

Later in a post on X, Owens, who represents the 4th District, said that he was proud to see the gathering in Washington.

“America must send a message to the world: We stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel today, tomorrow, and always,” Owens said.

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