Daily Israel Report

Ukrainian Jews Prepare 'Blacklist of Anti-Semites'

The United Jewish Community of the Ukraine, an umbrella organization, is preparing a blacklist of Ukrainian anti-Semites.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/31/2012, 7:12 PM

Oleg Tyagnibok, head of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) party,
Oleg Tyagnibok, head of the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) party,
Reuters

The United Jewish Community of the Ukraine, an umbrella organization, is preparing a blacklist of Ukrainian anti-Semites, announced Igor Kolomoysky, the organization’s newly elected leader.

“We achieved certain success in making the so-called blacklist of anti-Semites. I think soon we will allow ourselves to publish some names from it,” Kolomoysky said, according to Kommersant-Ukraine newspaper and translated by the Russian English-language RT news site.

While the list has not yet been disclosed to the public, a number of the names are set to be released in the near future, according to the news site.

European Jewish groups have voiced concern over the recent surprise victory of the anti-Semitic and xenophobic Svoboda (“Freedom”) party in Sunday’s national elections.

The party, which openly admires the World War II pro-Nazi Ukrainian Insurgent Army, made surprise gains in the country’s recent elections-- obtaining 12% of the votes and securing 41 seats in the Ukrainian parliament.

While Party leader Oleh Tyahnybok has referred to Jews as being among the enemies of Ukraine, he now claims that he rejects the allegation that his party is anti-Semitic.

Nonetheless, Jews remain apprehensive that the party may legitimize public displays of anti-Semitism.

While Kolomovsky, who was elected Tuesday by the seventh congress of the Jews of Ukraine, downplayed the party’s recent victory, he affirmed that that the community would work tirelessly to confront form of hatred with which it is confronted.