January 23 , 2017 – Fort Russ News –
In a 72-page document published by the Israeli Ministry for Diaspora Affairs, Ukraine was named as the leading country of the post-Soviet space, in terms of number of verbal attacks and violent actions against Jews, their property, shrines and community institutions.
“Death to the Jews”
“In Ukraine, there has been a doubling of the number of anti-Semitic incidents against the backdrop of a revival of nationalism in Eastern Europe, attempts to glorify the nationalist movements of the past and their leaders responsible for the murder and expulsion of Jews,” the Ministry wrote.
“This is the second year in a row when Ukraine records the largest number of reported incidents in the former USSR, in terms of anti-Semitic propaganda and vandalism against Jewish objects, such as cemeteries, Holocaust memorials, and community buildings,” the document says.
“Get rid of the Jews – Ukraine for Ukrainians”
The authors of the report blame the Ukrainian authorities for the insufficiently harsh reaction to manifestations of anti-Semitism, which, are often referred to as “hooliganism” and are not considered “hate crimes”. One of the results of this was the phenomenon of “recurring desecration”, when attacks on the same object are committed several times in a row without consequences for the perpetrators.
The report also notes that among Ukrainian politicians, the real or imaginary Jewish origin of opponents is increasingly targeted for attacks.
“If after the revolution, public figures of Jewish origin were appointed to the highest positions in the new structures of power, now the Jews are perceived as one of the factors of the complex socio-political situation in the country. Moreover, non-Jewish leaders are suspected by the public as being “Jews in hiding”, the report says.
“There are calls to expel Jews from Ukraine. In addition, there are allegations that the damage done to Jews during WWII was a legitimate act in the light of their involvement in the woes of the Ukrainian people, especially the great famine, the Holodomor, 1932-33 – without mentioning Jewish citizens who were also its victims,” reads the document .
“A Toast for the Holocaust!” – written on the Holocaust Museum.