The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel condemned the glorification of those responsible for the murder of Jews and anti-Semitic ideologies in Ukraine. The corresponding statement was published on the Ministry’s website.
"Individuals responsible for the murder of Jews in the Holocaust and in pogroms, as well as antisemitic ideologists of the Ukrainian National movement have recently been subject of public glorification in Ukraine," the statement reads.
In response to this, and to the publicity in the Ukrainian press, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its condemnation of these phenomena and emphasizes the following:
“Preserving the memory of the Holocaust and the battle against antisemitism – including the glorification of antisemites and murderers of Jews - are not an internal matter of any country. On the contrary, those are essential obligations and responsibilities of every Israeli diplomat. It represents a shared moral duty to Israel and its many allies across the world,” the Ministry stated.
As we reported earlier, on January 2, heads of diplomatic missions of Poland and Israel in Ukraine stood against paying tribute to Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk. These were the leaders of OUN, the far-right movement in Ukraine in the first half of the 20th century.
Later, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded to criticism of Poland and Israel about honoring Stepan Bandera and a number of people who collaborated with the Nazis, citing the revival of "national memory."