NCSEJ Condemns Anti-Semitic March in Kyiv, Ukraine
WASHINGTON, D.C.  January 3,  2017

Mark B. Levin, CEO
             Daniel Rubin, Chairman
             Alexander Smuckler, President

On January 1, 2017, over a thousand Ukrainians participated in a torchlight march in Kyiv, organized by the “Svoboda” political party, for the 108th birthday of Stepan Bandera. Bandera headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists during World War II.

NCSEJ’s Kyiv Representative, Ilya Bezruchko, reported that a column of the marchers began chanting "Juden – Out.”  One of the banners had a symbol commonly used by Nazis and the Waffen SS on it with the slogan "We will destroy the second Khazar Khanate." In far-right circles, the “second Khazar Khanate” refers to the notion that Jews secretly control the country.

While NCSEJ supports the right of peaceful demonstration for Ukrainians, we condemn the vile, anti-Semitic remarks made by participants of the march. We urge the national government and local Kyiv authorities to state there is no room for anti-Semitism in an inclusive and democratic Ukraine, and to ensure the safety and well-being of its Jewish citizens.

We have been in contact with the Ukrainian Embassy and our representative in Kyiv will follow up with the appropriate authorities.

We will continue to keep you informed about further developments.


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Founded in 1971, NCSEJ represents the organized American Jewish community in monitoring and advocating on behalf of the estimated 1.5 million Jews in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, including the 15 successor states of the former Soviet Union.