Despite the pouring rain, hundreds of Israelis mass outside the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv in protest of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many of them bearing placards, including “Putin is the new Hitler” and “Stop Putin, stop war.”
Sheltered under giant Ukrainian flags and exposed to the elements alike, they’re shouting slogans in Russian, Ukrainian, and Hebrew, directed both at Putin and recalling past Ukrainian struggles for independence.
“Putin is a son of a bitch” and “no war” alternate between the crowd and passing cars, whose drivers stop to honk and shout their support.
“Honor to the heroes, honor to Ukraine,” they chant as lighting rips through the air.
According to Channel 13 news, many of the protesters have Ukrainian roots and even family in the country.
Alongside their expressions of anger at the Russian campaign, they are also venting their disappointment over Israel’s cautious response.