Although its approach needs fine tuning coupled with a fuller understanding of Ukrainian history not Russified or marginalized by detractors of the country’s unique culture and language, ADL’s attention should be welcomed and applauded. Ukraine has the potential to be a better, stronger democracy because of ADL.
Recently, Inter-fax Ukraine reported Svoboda leader, Oleh Tiahnybok, denied the existence of anti-Semitism in his party. Tiahnybok told TVi news and as reported by Inter-fax, “I have repeatedly said … Svoboda is not an anti-Semitic organization. If you have any comments on our views, go to court. But nobody will, because everyone understands that even biased Ukrainian courts cannot pass any sentence against Svoboda because we do not violate Ukrainian laws.”
His comments came after a Svoboda Member of Parliament (MP) referred to actressMila Kunis as “zhydovka,” a denigrating term for Jewish women.