A video of New York State Imam Tom Facchine was posted on the YouTube account of UTICA Masjid on October 10, 2023 in which he expressed his support for Palestinian "resistance." He said: "We are with the Palestinian resistance 100%, no ifs no ands, no buts, no equivocations, no apologies, no condemnations." Facchine said that "you don't criticize the table manners of a starving person." During the attack on southern Israel 1200 Israelis were murdered and more than 100 were kidnapped, most of whom were civilians including children and the elderly. According to reports, victims were raped, dismembered, and decapitated.
Imam Tom Facchine: "We're with the Palestinian resistance, one hundred percent. No ifs, no ands, no buts. No equivocations, no apologies, no condemnations. We don't need to go any further than that.
"Some people want to criticize the table manners of a starving person. You don't criticize the table manners of a starving person, you let them eat, right? You want to talk about, 'Well, they shouldn't be doing things this way or they should be doing things that way.' All right, get your boot off my neck, and then we'll talk, right?
"It's like, this occupation has been going on for however many years, stop the occupation and then we'll talk. Then we can talk about table manners. Then we can talk about this tactic and that tactic, right? But what happens is – every single time – is that we zoom in on the details and we forget about the bigger picture, and that's why we say Palestine has to be free. First. Period. And then we'll talk."