Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered in Ukraine

Anti-Semitic graffiti targeting the World Zionist Organization discovered near Holocaust monument in Ukraine.

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Chaim Lev,

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Vandals sprayed Nazi symbols and other anti-Semitic graffiti targeting the World Zionist Organization (WZO) in Ukraine, the organization said Sunday.

The graffiti was discovered near a monument for victims of the Holocaust in the village of P’yatydni in Volyn Oblast. In 1942, the Nazis killed 20,000 Jews near that village.

The graffiti read “=WZO=” with a Star of David and a swastika painted on either side. It was discovered in front of the steps leading to the monument.

Vladimir Muzichenko, an activist who visited the site and discovered the graffiti, also found anti-Semitic graffiti at several other locations in the area, included scrawlings of the WZO initials, the word “Judenreich”, and a Star of David at a nearby bus stop.

Yaakov Hagoel, acting WZO chairman,said, "Anti-Semitism continues to rear its head and harm memorial sites for Holocaust victims. This time the threat was directed at the World Zionist Organization, the organization founded by Herzl 120 years ago. I view the escalation in threats and anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine severely."

"We will not stand aside and we will not tolerate direct threats to the WZO. We will not be silent on any anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist incident taking place in the world,” stressed Hagoel.