Reactions in Lithuania


The Baltic Times reports that an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity following the heinous attack by Hamas on Israel is omnipresent in Lithuania – many state, educational and private institutions adorned their buildings with Israeli flags.

President Gitanas Nauseda, Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte, and Parliament (Seimas), condemned the attack carried out by the terrorist organization, Hamas. Support is also being expressed by other Lithuanian institutions – municipalities, museums, academic institutions.

Since the attack, the Mission of Israel in Lithuania has been receiving many calls and enquiries from Israelis who wish to go back to Israel and, according to Deputy Chief E. Golan.

According to him, there is also a large group of Israeli students who study in Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas. Some of them want to go back and join the military on the battlefield to fight the terrorists. 

Seimas unanimously psssed a resolution condemning the recent Hamas attacks in Israel. Seimas also calls on the European Union to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as an international terrorist organization, to express solidarity with Israel, and to provide political, intelligence and diplomatic support to Israel.

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and other EU leaders also condemned the terrorist group Hamas’ attacks on Israel in a joint statement.

On the evening of October 19, about 100 people marched in silence from Cathedral Square to Vincas Kudirka Square, to show respect for the those who died in Gaza. The pro-Palestinians held candles and signs that read “End the Occupation”, “Your silence supports palestinian genocide“, “Stop genocide“ “Israel killed 1200 children in Gaza in 10 days“. Similar solidarity rallies in response to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas took place in major European cities, such as London, Milan, Paris, Rome, and others.