When statements about a worrying increase in
anti-semitism are backed with examples, such as the desecration of graves or
memorials in Ukraine, the conclusion seems obvious.
But such conclusions are wrong. In that same period of
2012, Viacheslav Likhachev, who has been monitoring anti-Semitism and xenophobia in Ukraine for
the past 10 years, reported
a decrease in anti-Semitism. Driven
by public statements in response to repugnant but isolated remarks by certain rightwing
Svoboda Party members, Likhachev made a point of showing trends over the last
10 years. These were clearly downward.
It should be stressed that Likhachev’s report in no
way speaks of bigotry and prejudice having been overcome, quite the contrary.
However concentration on anti-Semitism misses the point and obscures the large
number of victims of xenophobic or discriminatory treatment. both from certain
members of the public and, unfortunately, from the authorities.