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Knesset unlikely to recognize Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainians
17:22, 16 August 2017
Knesset unlikely to recognize Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainians

An Israeli Minister says the Knesset doesn’t usually consider interpreting history

17:22, 16 August 2017

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The Israeli Parliament is unlikely to declare Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainian people, Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Environmental Protection and international relations between Ukraine and Israel told Interfax-Ukraine.

According to the minister, issues of interpreting historical events aren’t normally put under political consideration, as it doesn’t correspond to the parliamentary tradition of Israel.

“The Israeli parliament believes, that the questions of the past should be decided not by politicians, but by professionals, as a part of professional discourse. This is why I don’t think, that some kind of declarative decision will be made on Holodomor, or any other garve tragic pages in the history of different nations,” Elkin said.

Related: Ukrainian President commemorates Holodomor victims in France

The Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 that killed an officially estimated 7 million to 10 million people. It is emphasized that there was no natural reason for the starvation.

During the Holodomor, millions of inhabitants of Ukraine, the majority of whom were ethnic Ukrainians, died of starvation in a peacetime catastrophe unprecedented in the history of Ukraine. Since 2006, the Holodomor has been recognized by Ukraine and 15 other countries as a genocide of the Ukrainian people carried out by the Soviet government.

Related: Washington Senate adopts resolution on Holodomor in Ukraine

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