The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine intends to make public manifestations of anti-Semitism illegal. The respective bill, No.5109, has been supported in the first reading.
According to the document, the anti-semitism is a hateful treatment of people of Jewish origin.
The following manifestations are defined as anti-Semitism:
- denial of the right for self-identification;
- urgs, coverages or justification of a murder or other damage to persons of Jewish origin, including that perpetrated on the grounds of radical or ideological beliefs or extremist religious views;
- false news, cases of hate speech and statements aiming to irritate the people of Jewish origin;
- public statements that aim to blame these people as collectively responsible for real or imaginary crimes, committed by one person or a group of people regardless the ethnic origin or belief;
- denial of the Holocaust;
- production and spread of any materials containing anti-Semitic speech, and the public use of materials, symbols and images of anti-Semitic content;
deliberate damage or destruction of buildings that belong to the Jewish communities and NGOs, as well as religious buildings;
deliberate damage, destruction or desecration of Jewish cemeteries, monuments, memorial sites, et cetera.
Those who allow these violations will face civil and criminal responsibility according to the law.
The law will take effect the day after its publication.