Monday, June 15, 2015

Ukraine: Rights group claims Russia faking anti-Semitic news

Via the Jerusalem Post:
Russia has engaged in a protracted propaganda effort to make Ukraine look like a hotbed of anti-Semitic activity, a human rights group in the country’s east alleged recently.
In a report on its website, the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group accused the Kremlin of what it called “cynical attempts to use or arouse anti-Semitism for political gain” in Ukraine, citing a string of incidents since last year’s Maidan revolution.

The latest such incident, which occurred in May, involved the distribution of a counterfeit letter attributed to Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the founder of the Brussels- based European Jewish Association, in which he supposedly implored European Commission President Jean- Claude Juncker to respond to the “outrageous revival of Nazi Germany traditions” in Ukraine.

The letter, which Margolin vehemently denied writing, claimed that the EJA had sent an investigatory commission to investigate claims of anti-Semitism and had uncovered “cases of compulsory closures of Jewish organizations and schools, and revocation of licenses from newspapers published in Hebrew and Yiddish.”

Beyond that, the letter reported cases of pro-Kiev fighters in the east defacing Jewish monuments and “unlawful calls for forced banishing of Jews” made during protests across the country.  more

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