August 4th, 2016 – Fort Russ News –
– Politikus – By: A.M Vasilevsky – translated by J. Flores for Fort Russ –
Recently, some parts of Ukrainian society have started to have a glimpse of self-reflection. Some Ukrainians say they stood on the Maidan for completely different ideals than the ones we have now, others demand to see an end to the fratricidal war in the East of the country – and while there are not many, they do exist. And also the same representatives of the Jewish community of Ukraine which, back then, supported the nationalists and proudly called themselves “Judeo-banderists”, have begun to express their concerns.
Moreover, “Judeo-banderists” is not a derogatory term, but self-attributed – it is those people with Jewish roots who supported the Euromaidan and the right-wing Ukrainian nationalists of the “Right sector”, which they themselves sponsored, who gave themselves this name
Ukrainian oligarch, Igor Kolomoisky was one of the main PR managers of this meme, one of the main sponsors and organizers of the Maidan, and he is also the President of the European Jewish Union. The movement of “Judeo-banderists” in Ukraine even became fashionable: it had its own logo – the menorah but with the the Trident teeth.
It must be said that until 2014, despite all the vicissitudes of political development in Ukraine, there were no particular national or ethnic problems in the country. Representatives of different nationalities had freedom, both in business and in politics – until the big change.
Yesterday, the leaders of the Jewish community and 29 public organizations of Ukraine, appealed to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the Kyiv City Council, the government, and national and international institutions, to contribute to the preservation of international peace in Ukraine. They are concerned about the present situation where the Ukrainian Insurgent Army is glorified, and with the anti-Semitic nature of this movement.
“We, Ukrainian Jews, as an injured nation, including by the activities of the OUN and UPA, are also well aware of these facts. We believe that attempts to rewrite history, the concealing and denial of anti-Semitic ideology, and practices of these organizations, and moreover Holocaust denial, are nothing but an insult to the memory of over one million Jews destroyed in Ukraine by the Nazis and local collaborators. ”, reads the text of appeal.
The document was signed by representatives of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, Jewish forum of Ukraine, the Jewish religious community of Kiev, the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, and other members of the Jewish community of the country.
By contemporary (post-coup) Ukrainian standards, representatives of Jewish organizations, in their address, engaged in outright sedition, as they considered “the decision of Kiev City Council to name one of the streets after Stepan Bandera and another after Roman Shukhevych, to be inappropriate”.
But what about the self-named Judeo-Banderists, supporters of the Maidan? Why wasn’t this a problem before? Leaders of Jewish organizations do in fact say the right things which are obvious to all. Yet how is it really that representatives of such a wise people needed two and a half years to realize this, or did something maybe go wrong? And many people in Ukraine are still in shock over the simple fact that there was Jewish support for the Nazis and Bandera.
It’s very strange that the ‘genetic memory’ of such an ancient people had malfunctioned on such a seemingly obvious question. It is well known that flirting with nationalism is fraught with these kinds of consequences.