VAAD condemns planned provocation on 22 June in Lviv
VAAD, the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine has issued a statement in connection with the measures planned in Lviv on 22 June by Odessa civic organizations who call themselves “Jews against anti-Semitism” and “Jews against Gurvits”. The following is a translation of the whole statement.
According to information circulated by the media, Odessa civic organizations who call themselves “Jews against anti-Semitism” and “Jews against Gurvits” are planning to hold an “anti-fascist rally” in Lviv on 22 June. According to the information we have available*, these organizations do not represent either the Jewish community of Ukraine or the Jewish community of Odessa, and have no moral right to speak on behalf of all Jews of Ukraine. Their provocative activities, aimed at destabilizing inter-ethnic relations in the country, have previously been condemned by Jewish civic organizations in Odessa, rabbis, associations of former prisoners of the ghettos and concentration camps, by some of the Righteous among Nations and by the Israeli Embassy in Ukraine. Furthermore, according to available information, radical pro-Russian groups are behind these ephemeral structures, and the leadership of both Committees has been seen on a number of occasions to be involved in overt anti-Semitic propaganda.
The Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine which includes 266 organizations from 90 cities strongly condemn this attempt to use tragic dates of mourning and remembrance for political ends. VAAD Ukraine stresses that provocation on this day is unacceptable and calls on all constructive State, municipal and civic forces to make all efforts to minimize possible negative consequences from the activities of provocateurs.
* VAAD Ukraine provides an article by Viacheslav Lichachov entitled: “Jews against Anti-Semitism”: Who is behind the Provocateurs? The photo is from the article and states that in Odessa the Righteous among Nations drive members of the “Jews against anti-Semitism” Committee from their events, calling them “provocateurs and Nazis”. Photographer: Viktor Pavlov (http://cdyu.livejournal.com/305534.html),