Russian chief rabbi slams Ukraine mayor's 'anti-Semitic' remark

September 3, 2009 16:42


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Russia's chief rabbi said Thursday that he planned to travel to western Ukraine to show support for a local Jewish community where the city mayor faces criminal charges for anti-Semitic behavior. Prosecutors have charged Uzhhorod Mayor Serhiy Ratushnyak with hooliganism and racist behavior after he attacked a campaign activist for presidential hopeful Arseniy Yatsenyuk last month. The mayor called Yatsenyuk "an impudent little Jew" and said he was confusing the January presidential vote with small town elections in Israel, according to Yatsenyuk. Russia's chief rabbi Berel Lazar condemned the mayor's actions Thursday as a sign of persistent anti-Semitism, and said he would visit Uzhorod next week in a show of support.

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