11 criminal proceedings related to anti-Semitism were opened during 8 months

10/09/2019

During eight months of 2019, investigators of the National Police opened 11 criminal proceedings on the offenses related to anti-Semitism. This was reported to us by the Department of International Cooperation and European Integration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The most serious offense was the case of an anti-Semitic rowdy who stoned a synagogue. In July, a 33-year-old man threw stones, wrapped in paper with threats and curses against Jews, into the building of the Beys Stern Shulman synagogue in Kryvyi Rih. The stones broke the glass door. The rowdy was detained.

In the same July, the inhabitants of Chernyhiv began to find leaflets in their mailboxes, inciting ethnic hatred. The leaflets were entitled “Liberation of Ukraine from the Jewish Power” and contained materials of an openly anti-Semitic nature. A pre-trial investigation has been also opened on the fact of the incident.

In Lviv, vandals painted a public transport stop with fascist symbols, and in Cherkasy, the funeral home used insulting anti-Semitic statements on advertising signs.

The remaining cases concerned mainly propaganda of anti-Semitism on the Internet.

Two of the eleven criminal proceedings were closed due to the absence of crime. The remaining proceedings are ongoing.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs also reported that it carries out constant preventive work to prevent such offenses.

Representatives of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine met in June with the Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov to discuss the problem of anti-Semitism in the country and to develop ways to effectively combat it. Among other things, we agreed on the regular exchange of information.

We are grateful to the Ministry for the vigilance and are ready, for our part, to report the fixed violations.