In Tel Aviv, Dozens of Israeli-Arabs Protest Treatment of Rohingya Muslims

Demonstrating outside the embassy of Myanmar, the protest organized by the Islamic Movement in Israel condemned 'atrocities' committed by the Burmese government

Members of the Islamic Movement in Israel demonstrate to condemn Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Tel Aviv Monday September 11, 2017.
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Dozens of Arab citizens of Israel have demonstrated outside the embassy of Myanmar in Tel Aviv to protest the treatment of Rohingya Muslims by the Rangoon authorities.

Monday's protest was organized by the Islamic Movement in Israel. Demonstration leader Ibrahim Sarsour said the crowd gathered to condemn what he called "atrocities" committed by the Myanmar government.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Israel demonstrate to condemn Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Tel Aviv Monday September 11, 2017.
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"It's the responsibility of the international community to move, to act, immediately to stop the bloodshed," he said. "I think it is a crime against humanity."

The UN refugee agency has reported that 270,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the last three weeks. It said there were reports, backed by satellite imagery, of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and committing extrajudicial killings.

Members of the Islamic Movement in Israel demonstrate to condemn Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Tel Aviv Monday September 11, 2017.
Oded Balilty/AP