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Den russiske jødiske kongressen har nylig offentliggjort en rapport som viser økende antisemittisme i Russland. Anklagen som Moskva retter mot Kiev, gjelder i virkeligheten dem selv, og antisemittismen utfolder seg for åpen scene.

Julia Ioffe skriver i newrepublic.com:

The Russian Jewish Congress, for instance, issued a report saying that there has been a marked increase in anti-Semitism in Russia in the first four months of 2014. Though there were no physical attacks on Jews, there were some minor incidentseverything from cemetery attacks to Russian nationalist thugs chanting anti-Semitic slogans. But most of this rise, the Congress reports, «was manifested first and foremost in public anti-Semitic statements, the number of which has increased dramatically.»

The report notes public statements from politicians, like the member of Putin’s United Russia party in Kaliningrad who accused his opponents of being «Jews, hiding among the opposition» and destroying the country. Dmitry Kiselev, who has threatened to turn the U.S. «into radioactive ash,» was called out for pointedly pointing out the Jewish names of some opposition writers and saying that they should be wary of comparing the Sochi and 1936 Berlin Olympics because, in Germany, they wouldn’t have been allowed to write, let alone live. The columnist of one state-friendly Russian newsletter listed Jewish members of the Russian opposition, saying that «they have no homeland because of their political beliefs.»

In February, the news anchor of Rossiya24, one of Russia’s largest state-controlled television channels, agreed with the ardently nationalistic (and often anti-Semitic) author Alexander Prokhanov, who said that Jewish organizations «were ushering in a second Holocaust with their own hands … just as they ushered in the first one.»

And last month, the Jewish daily newspaper the Forward noted that Russian state television’s hatchet-job «documentaries» about Ukrainian politicians Yulia Tymoshenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, in ominous terms, their allegedly nefarious Jewish roots.

It all started with a Russian television «documentary» on former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko, aired on March 30. The film was a propaganda piece in the Soviet styleunrelenting character assassination with ominous, grating background music. Tymoshenko’s whole career, the narrator intoned, was one of embezzlement, criminality, back-stabbing of associates, and secretly ordering assaults and killings. Then, toward the end, the culminating «disclosure»: Tymoshenko was Jewish. «She completely hides her origin. But for many, it is no secret that the father of this woman with a hair-braidViktor Abramovich Kapitelmanhas Jewish roots.»…

A few days earlier, the same documentary news program did a similar hatchet-job on Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatseniuk, and indulged in the rhetoric of the 1970s: Yatseniuk was not just a Jew, but a Zionist. «One must take into consideration his Jewish origin. He is a Jew on his mother’s side, and is one of the fifty most famous Zionists in Ukraine.»…

For the conventional (non-anti-Semitic) Russian viewer, these disclosures of Jewishness were insignificantafter all, they lasted only 20 seconds in a half-hour program. Or they could be brushed aside as editorial lapses into bad taste. But for the Russian ultra-right, these words were gold. They legitimized their wedding of anti-Ukrainianism to anti-Semitism.