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MK Danon Demands Ukraine Protect Its Jews

Likud MK responds to rise of anti-Semitic party and murder of Jewish professor.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/30/2012, 5:16 PM

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
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The Head of the Knesset's Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, MK Danny Danon, has written to Ukraine's Ambassador in Israel, Hennadi Nadolenko, demanding that his country fight Islamist terrorism within its territory and provide protection to Jews from the anti-Semitic Svoboda party.

The Ukraine must cooperate with Israeli security bodies in order to defeat Muslim terror directed against Jews in the Ukraine and provide protection against a party that is reminiscent of Europe in its darkest hour, Danon said.

The murder of Jewish professor Leon Freifeld in Lviv is a symptom of Jewish insecurity in the country, he said, and the anti-Semitic party's entry into parliament indicates that the threat to Jews is a very tangible one.

Danon offered to hold an emergency discussion of the situation in the Knesset's Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora Committee, in order to examine the actions of the Ukrainian government following the murder, and the actions that must be so that the rise of the anti-Semitic party does not lead to increased anti-Jewish violence.

"The State of Israel is responsible for the security of Jews throughout the world, and not just within the State of Israel," Danon noted. "Cooperation with the Ukrainians, like the cooperation that exists with France, will guarantee the personal security of over 300,000 Ukrainian Jews."

He asked the ambassador to provide him with information regarding the actions taken by the Ukrainian government to protect Jews in Ukraine.