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Demonstrators Demand U.S. Break Diplomatic Relations with Syria

About 30 persons held a demonstration and prayer service for the American marines and other victims of terrorist attacks in Lebanon outside the Syrian Mission to the United Nations here today and demanded that the U.S. break diplomatic ties with Syria.

The service was organized by Americans for a Safe Israel, the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, the Neighborhood Church of Greenwich Village and the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry. Peter Goldman, director of Americans for a Safe Israel, who urged the U.S. to sever relations with Damascus, said Syria is responsible for the terrorist violence in Lebanon.

He charged that the Syrian government systematically murdered “thousands of Christians and Moslem Lebanese during Syria’s seven year occupation of Lebanon.”

Rabbi Avraham Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, recited the kaddish in memory of the marines and Israelis killed in the recent terrorist attacks. “We call upon all Americans of good will to do everything within their power to confront and defeat Syrian tyranny,” he said. A large menorah was lit during the service in which many participants wore prayer shawls.