Orthodox Church Spreads Antisemitic Propaganda in Kamenets-Podolsky, Ukraine
September 2, 2008
A Ukrainian reporter spotted antisemitic leaflets inside a Russian Orthodox cathedral affiliated with the Moscow Patriarchate in Kamenets-Podolsky, Ukraine, according to an August 27, 2008 report by the Kiev-based newspaper “Gazeta 24.” According to the article, posters calling for a boycott of kosher products hang outside the city’s Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral. Inside the cathedral, a newspaper article is posted claiming that “kikes” were behind the creation of “Ukraine” (referred to with pejorative quotation marks, along with the term “Ukrainian language”). Supposedly, “kikes don’t like the words Russia and Russians” so they created an artificial state called Ukraine to divide and weaken the Russian empire. Somehow, this Jewish conspiracy was behind both the Russian Revolution that brought the Communists to power in 1917 and the 2004 Orange Revolution, all in the service of brainwashing the nation in the service of the USA, according to whoever wrote the posters. The author of the article sharply criticizes the local diocese for distributing antisemitic propaganda.
UCSJ has asked a local Jewish advocate to interview someone from the cathedral to explain why these articles, which clearly violate Ukraine’s laws against hate speech, are displayed at the cathedral.