Israeli Arabs demonstrate against Assad


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Arabs demonstrated against Syrian President Bashar Assad a day after the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution condemning his crackdown on dissenters.

Thousands of Israeli Arabs demonstrated last Friday in Kfar Kanna in Israel’s North chanting slogans including “Bashar al-Assad leave” and “Let the people live."

The General Assembly voted Feb. 16 by a vote of 137 to 12, with 17 abstentions, to approve a non-binding resolution that condemns Syria for its 11-month crackdown on protesters. The measure also endorses an Arab League plan that would require Assad to step down in favor of a democratically elected government.

It is similar to a resolution vetoed in the U.N. Security Council by China and Russia two weeks ago.

More than 5,400 civilians have been killed during the 11-month uprising, according to the United Nations.

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