Daily Israel Report

Children Protest Syrian Massacre Outside Russian Embassy

A protest against the ongoing killings of innocent civilians in Syria took place outside the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/31/2012, 5:16 AM

A protest against the ongoing killings of innocent civilians in Syria took place outside the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

The protest was attended by Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara (Likud), as well as by religious leaders from the Druze and Samaritan communities in Israel and by Arabs from the Galilee.

Children who took part in the protest laid down in front of embassy building, similar to the Syrian children who were massacred in the country’s Houla region last week. 50 candles were lit in memory of the 50 children who were killed during the massacre.

During the protest, Kara called on Russia to stop backing Syrian President Bashar Assad and to expel the Syrian ambassador to Moscow, as other countries have done in response to the Houla massacre.

Kara maintains close contacts with representatives of the Syrian opposition and was placed in charge of coordinating the transfer of humanitarian aid from Israel to Syrian citizens.

Syrian exiles recently told Kara’s bureau chief that “The declaration by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Israel will transfer humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people proves that Israel is the only humanitarian country in the Middle East.”