NEW YORK (PIX11) – A Senate delegation, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), was in Israel Monday morning to show support and denounce Hamas.

The trip took place as a ground offensive from Israel into Gaza was expected to take place any day now. The group of senators called Hamas’ attack on Israel “a crime against humanity.”

The visit is on the heels of President Joe Biden’s trip last week.

Back in the United States, more vigils and protests were held over the weekend. Hundreds took part in a rally at the Palestinian American Community Center of Clifton in Paterson, New Jersey.

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The Jewish community on Long Island showed support for Israel at a candlelight vigil at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

The rallies came as humanitarian aid began to trickle into Gaza two weeks after Israel imposed a ban. The second aid convoy arrived Sunday carrying food, water and medical supplies but not much-needed fuel.

A United Nations humanitarian aid agency argued the help is a fraction of what is needed. In a phone call Sunday, Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there will now be a continued flow of aid into Gaza.

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