Statement of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine on the anti-Semitic incident on October 14, 2021

Statement of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine on the anti-Semitic incident on October 14, 2021
19/10/2021

The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine calls on the law enforcement authorities to impartially investigate the incident during the preparation for the March of the Nation in Kyiv on October 14, 2021, when one of the marchers, Kakhaber Kardava, shouted an indisputably anti-Semitic slogan.

We believe that this type of offense falls under the Law on Prevention and Counteraction to Anti-Semitism, adopted the day before by the Verkhovna Rada. The internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism adopted by Ukraine gives law enforcement authorities grounds to recognize Kardava’s public statement as inciting ethnic hatred and to bring the offender to justice in accordance with the law.

It is also noteworthy that Kardava voiced his anti-Semitic calls immediately after the publication of an article by the former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in which he touched upon the origins of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: “The current president of this exhausted country is a man of certain ethnic roots.”

We urge politicians and public figures not to use anti-Semitic and xenophobic rhetoric in their statements, which can serve as a tool to influence public sentiment.

The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine strongly advocates an end to all manifestations of anti-Semitism and hatred of members of other nationalities living in Ukraine.