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Israeli ambassador claims rise of anti-Semitism in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

If people say bad things about Israel, that's anti-Semitism, too, Joel Lion says
12:23, 3 June 2020

Kyivpost

There's an increase of anti-Semitism rates in Ukraine since people let themselves dissert on the number of Jews in Ukrainian business circles and speak absurd things about Jews on TV. Joel Lion, the Ambassador of Israel in Ukraine, said so in his interview for the RBC-Ukraine news agency

"If we follow the definition by IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, - 112 International), then yes, you've got the rise of anti-Semitism here in Ukraine. If people dissert about a lot of Jews doing business in Ukraine, that's anti-Semitism, and it's wrong. If Palchevsky (Ukrainian and Russian entrepreneur and public figure, - 112 International) says some absurd things about the Jews while being on air on TV, it's anti-Semitism. You can't say it's the wrong thing to say, or say it's something else", he said.

Joel Lion also said that rewriting history would be considered anti-Semitism as well.

Related: Level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is one of highest in Europe, - poll

"If someone sells postcards with Nazi symbols on them right next to Maidan (in the downtown Kyiv, - 112 International), one shouldn't just go and complain about it. The police should reach the site and look into it as a manifestation of anti-Semitism. And if someone says something bad about Israel, it's anti-Semitism, too, even if people use the word Zionism for that, in order to conceal their anti-Semitic message", the Ambassador said.

Related: Law enforcers to organize anti-Semitism prevention workshops

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