BBUK LBIA Write to Ukraine Ambassador
BBUK LBIA Write to Ukraine Ambassador to Express Dismay
Report by Jeremy Havardi
Her Excellency Natalia Galibarenko
Embassy of Ukraine
60 Holland Park
5 July 2018
Dear Ambassador Galibarenko,
I am writing on behalf of B’nai B’rith UK and its political arm, the London Bureau, to express our dismay at comments made on June 25th by Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor Anatoliy Matios.
In the interview on the Insider website, the prosecutor said that in each war, there was a figure like Alexander Parvus (the Marxist theoretician) who sought to finance bloodshed through revolution. Noting that Parvus was Jewish, the prosecutor said ‘they want to do the same to Ukraine.’ We believe that such incendiary and hateful comments appeal only to those who wish to demonise Jews and make them scapegoats for the country’s troubles. Over 70 years from the end of the Holocaust in Europe, we know all too well the dark places where prejudice leads when it is left unchecked.
We call on the Ukrainian authorities to condemn the prosecutor’s remarks in the most forthright terms possible.
Director, B’nai B’rith UK’s London Bureau