Anti-Semitism is booming in Russia, as we hear more and more news almost daily. Signs with political with writings, such as “Death to Jews,” show up here and there: the first incident was on the outskirts of Moscow, then in Krasnoyarsk, in Tomsk, in Kemerovo, and now in the Moscow region. The war of posters returned to the place it started.
There was an anti-Semitic sign found on the roadside not far from the village of Yeremino at about 2:30 a.m. There was also a plastic bag beneath the poster. A specialist with a trained dog arrived to the site of the incident, but the dog did not find anything suspicious. There were two cans of sand found in the bag and an empty beer can.
The Ministry for Home Affairs said that it was just another example of hooliganism: “Anti-Semitic posters in Russian regions are basically of a hooligan character.”
All those incidents ended tragically except for one on May 27th on the outskirts of Moscow, injuring a woman. The investigation is still continuing, but all the other events were not dangerous.
Following the version of hooliganism, we have to acknowledge that Russian hooligans are seriously jeopardizing and well-organized, and we cannot really say that all of these incidents were spontaneous. The main question is who needs thhis and why?
In addition, the situation in Europe is not going so well for Jews: anti-Semitic sentiments are becoming the norm, which gives more reason to think about the roots of the phenomenon that we can witness so often in Russia now. French President Jacques Chirac claimed that Jews were guilty of the anti-Semitic mess in Europe. He added that American Zionist organizations arranged that, but the direct order came from Jerusalem. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres had to make some remarks in response to such a harsh statement from the French president.
Peres stated that Israel did not even think of adding France to the list of anti-Semitic countries, that the Jews of the world remembered Chirac saying that an attack on a synagogue was equal to an attack on entire France. The parties agreed to cooperate culturally, educationally, and commercially in order to prevent the further growth of anti-Semitic sentiments. There is a rhetorical question left to ask: what about this kind of prevention in Russia?
Dmitry Litvinovich PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
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