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US-backed Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers throw away the ISIS flag, replacing it with the Kurdish flag, October 2016.

Dozens of Israelis protested Saturday night in Jerusalem near the official residence of the Prime Minister in solidarity with the Kurds of northeastern Syria.

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The demonstrators held picket signs that referred to the Holocaust, with some of the signs reading, “Never Again” and “Remember [the Holocaust] & Don’t Forget”. Others signs simply read, “Israel with the Kurds.”

Report: Turkish Forces Attack US Troops in Northern Syria by ‘Mistake’

Turkish forces in northern Syria “accidentally” shelled a contingent of US Special Forces on Friday, according to an exclusive report published by Newsweek Magazine, which quoted an Iraqi Kurdish intelligence official and a senior Pentagon official who said the shelling was so heavy that “US personnel considered firing back in self-defense.”

Turkish forces have launched a military campaign targeting the Kurds in northern Syria, whom they consider “terrorists.”

Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also expressed Israel’s solidarity with the Kurds. In a tweet he posted Thursday, Netanyahu wrote, “Israel strongly condemns the Turkish invasion of the Kurdish areas in Syria and warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies. Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.”

Following up, Netanyahu underlined Israel’s ability to make its own decisions in a speech in which he said the Jewish State very much appreciates “the important US backing, which has only increased greatly in recent years,” but that “we always remember and apply the basic rule that guides us: Israel will defend itself by itself against any threat.”

However, some of the more complex and difficult issues now taking place in the region, one Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity, are being addressed “away from the public eye.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.