MFA dismissed Ukrainian consul in Hamburg for possible anti-Semitic statements

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Source : 112 Ukraine

Foreign Ministry strongly condemns all forms of discrimination, xenophobia and anti-Semitism
23:37, 15 May 2018

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs removed Ukrainian consul in Hamburg for possible anti-Semitic posts from office. This was stated by the Foreign Ministry spokesman Mariana Betza.

"At this point, the consul is suspended from performing his duties, we do not exclude his withdrawal to Ukraine from Hamburg, but at the same time a thorough check of all details continues, after which we will inform public about results," Betza said.

She stressed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine categorically condemns any form of discrimination, xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

"Such statements are absolutely unacceptable to us if they take place among our diplomatic corps, and we will take this very seriously and carefully and draw conclusions for the future," the ministry spokeswoman said.

She also hopes that this case will be checked promptly. 

"It's a shame that we see such case, it's for the first time, that we have such situation. It is unequivocal that the government of Germany, where the person is accredited, will be informed about persons' withdrawal. We don’t exclude that this will happen in the near future. We will continue, we will look at the results of the inspection. As a whole, we did not have such cases earlier," Betza summed up.

According to Reuters, they could not verify the anti-Semitic messages on the page of the employee of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Hamburg, Vasyl Marushchynets.

Also, a foreign agency reports that Marushchynets and the consulate in Hamburg did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Earlier, a blogger Anatoly Shariy said that an employee of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Hamburg, Vasyl Marushynets, posted anti-Semitic publications on his Facebook page.

It is noted that the diplomat's page can't be viewed by people who are not his friends in the network.

According to the blogger, among the posts of Marushynets one can see such anti-Semitic posts as "Jews proclaimed the war against Germany in 1934", "God, punish Jews", "Babi Yar. Not in Moscow in 1941, but in Ukraine in 1918 -1941, "Jews - s**t "(the spelling of the author of the messages is preserved, - Ed).

Marushchynets also reported that his Facebook page was blocked more than once.

We recall, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that anti-Semitic provocations are often inspired by the Kremlin regime, which with the help of hybrid aggression tools is trying to shake the political situation in Ukraine.

Avakov promised "a principled and quick" reaction of law enforcement officers to discrimination and anti-Semitism.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is checking information on anti-Semitic statements made by the Consul of Ukraine in Hamburg. This was written on Twitter by the minister of the department Pavlo Klimkin.

"I receive messages from my subscribers on the information about our consul in Hamburg. We check this and will soon report the result, "the minister wrote.

In Ukraine, the number of reported anti-semitic incidents has increased in 2017 compared to 2016, as The Jerusalem Post writes citing the annual report on antisemitism of the Israeli Diaspora Affairs Ministry.

The report notes the worrying statistics of reported anti-semitic incidents in Ukraine. Compared to last year, the number of them doubled. Mostly these were attacks on memorials, museums, and synagogues.

Ukraine isn’t the only country where anti-semitic tendencies appear to grow. In the UK, there was a 78% increase in physical attacks and a 30% increase in the number of overall antisemitic incidents. 

The same happend in the USA. The Anti-Defamation League’s annual report on antisemitism released in November found that there was a 67% increase in antisemitic incidents across the US from January 1 to September 30, 2017, in comparison with the same period in 2016.

According to Naftali Bennett, the Diaspora Affairs Minister, the rise of the far Right in various countries, the refugee crisis and the Internet are the major factors of these worrying tendencies.

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