Ukrainians rally against international terrorism


KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — Demonstrators rallied in Kiev to support the war against international terrorism.

Several thousand people from all over Ukraine gathered Tuesday near a Kiev monument dedicated to terror victims — a bronze and concrete heart split in two parts, with the words “You shall not kill” written on the sculpture in different languages. The group was demonstrating in support of the struggle against terrorism and to support Israel’s operation in Gaza.

Zina Kalay-Klaitman, Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine, two chief rabbis of Ukraine, Ukrainian Jewish leaders and veterans of World War II, among others, took part in the event.

 “Ukraine against Terror,” organized by the United Jewish Community and All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, was the fourth and most massive demonstration held this month in Ukraine’s largest Jewish population centers, Kiev and Dnepropetrovsk.

The demonstrators carried placards that read “Israel — Yes! Terrorism — No!”  and “No to Fascism!” They also waved Israeli and Ukrainian flags.

Anti-Semitic acts do not appear to have risen in Ukraine as a result of the Gaza operation and pro-Israel rallies.

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