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Israelis gathering at Tel Aviv's Habima Square in solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
Israelis gathering at Tel Aviv's Habima Square in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, yesterday.Credit: Anastasia Shub
Anastasia Shub
Anastasia Shub

More than a thousand people gathered in Tel Aviv on Sunday night in support of the people of Ukraine, 25 days after the Russian invasion, to listen to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Israelis of Ukrainian origin, united by a joint affliction and pride for their country, and other Israelis who wished to express solidarity, stood shoulder-to-shoulder, gradually turning the central Habima square into a sea of blue and yellow.

The crowd included the old and the young, those who have made Israel their home as well as newly arrived refugees, forced to abandon their lives behind.

At 6 P.M. a video address by Zelenskyy was projected on the wall of Habima Theater. The crowd stood, holding its breath, listening to the heartfelt speech of the Ukrainian leader.

The event also featured a powerful video appeal from Ukrainians to Israelis, where people from across Ukraine – from Kharkiv to Khmelnitskiy – shared stories of occupation, of shelling by Russian forces, of mourning a broken future. Terrified yet resilient, they asked for an end to this war.

The rally, organized by Ukrainian embassy and the Israeli Friends of Ukraine NGO, in collaboration with the Tel Aviv municipality, concluded with a moment of silence, broken by Ukrainian and Israeli national anthems as a symbol of hope needed in times of hardships.

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