Israel has sent a protest note to Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Ministry regarding the public desecration of an Israeli flag by a Kyrgyz lawmaker.
The note was sent by officials at the Israeli Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan, as Israel does not have a diplomatic presence in Bishkek.
According to the officials, the note -- written by the Israeli ambassador to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Eliyau Tasman -- expressed concern regarding the actions of Kyrgyz lawmaker Tursunbai Bakir-Uulu.
At a press conference on August 4, Bakir-Uulu ripped up an Israeli flag as he condemned Israel’s military operations against Hamas in Gaza.
Tasman's note demanded an investigation into the incident.
In 2009, Bakir-Uulu tried to burn an Israeli flag at a similar public action.
Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry officials told RFE/RL that they had not yet received the note.