Anti-Semitism is at lowest level in Ukraine compared to any European country, – Zelensky

Source : 112 Ukraine

The President noted that provocations sometimes happen, but it happens everywhere
18:59, 1 June 2021

Press conference of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, May 20, 2021

There is no anti-Semitism in Ukraine. It is at the lowest level compared to any European country. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated this in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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"I believe that I am the result and the answer that there is no anti-Semitism in Ukraine, that it is at the lowest level. But this is the fact that anti-Semitism in Ukraine is at the lowest level compared to any European country," Zelensky said.

He also added that he knew that anti-Semitism had taken place in the Soviet Union, "I know stories about my relatives, my father - people were afraid of it, yes, it was. But in modern, independent Ukraine, all this has changed. That is why I do not think we have it. Sometimes there are provocations, but it happens everywhere."

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As Israel's ambassador to Ukraine, Joel Lion, said earlier, anti-Semitism is flourishing in Ukraine. He believes that there is a rise in anti-Semitism in Ukraine because people think about the number of Jews in Ukrainian business and say absurd things about Jews on TV.

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According to a poll conducted by the Anti-Defamation League, the level of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is one of the highest in Europe. The first place in the list of countries with a high level of anti-Semitism was taken by Poland, Ukraine in second place.

In addition, throughout Ukraine, vandals regularly desecrate Jewish cemeteries and memorial complexes.

Related: Jewish community attacked in Vienna, at least seven people injured

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