[Paleopsych] AP: Russian lawmakers: Ban Jewish groups
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Thu Jan 27 15:51:53 UTC 2005
Russian lawmakers: Ban Jewish groups
http://www.turkishweekly.net/news.php?id=2635 through the Jerusalem Post
[I think this is a first, detesting anti-semitism and then blaming the
Jews for it.]
A group of nationalist lawmakers is calling for an investigation aimed
at outlawing all Jewish organizations in Russia, accusing Jews of
inciting ethnic hatred and provoking anti-Semitism.
In a letter dated January 13, about 20 members of the lower parliament
house, the State Duma, asked Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov to
investigate their claims and, if they are confirmed, to launch
proceedings "on the prohibition in our country of all religious and
ethnic Jewish organizations as extremist."
Arguing that Jews were to blame for anti-Semitism, the authors of the
letter want Jewish groups outlawed based on legislation against
extremism and fomenting ethnic discord.
"The negative assessments by Russian patriots of the qualities and
actions against non-Jews that are typical of Jews correspond to the
truth, indeed these actions are not random but prescribed in Judaism
and have been practiced for two centuries," says the letter, faxed in
part to The Associated Press by the office of lawmaker Alexander
"Thus," it says, "the statements and publications against Jews that
have incriminated patriots are self-defense, which is not always
stylistically correct but is justified in essence".
The stunning call to ban all Jewish groups comes amid concerns of
persistent anti-Semitism that continues to plague Russia. Jewish
leaders have praised President Vladimir Putin's government for
encouraging religious tolerance, but rights groups accuse the
authorities of failing to adequately prosecute the perpetrators of
anti-Semitic and racial violence.
Russia's chief rabbi, Berel Lazar, said the lawmakers were either
insane or "quite sane but limitlessly cynical" and were hoping to win
support "by playing the anti-Semitic card."
Speaking with Israel Radio, Lazar called on Russia's chief prosecutor
to move to expel the legislators from the parliament since, he said,
they were acting against all religions and were harming Russia.
"Everyone who read this letter surely understood that something
irregular had taken place. It is a known fact that there are those in
parliament who posses these views. However, it has been a while since
an anti-Jewish theme has been raised, and suddenly everyone is talking
about it", Lazar told the radio.
According to the rabbi, "The timing was not coincidental and was made
on the same day in which the UN commemorated 60 years since the
liberation of Nazi death camps. President Putin is slated to visit
Auschwitz in the near future and they probably wanted to express their
objection to the upcoming visit by sending this letter."
With Putin planning to join events this week commemorating the
liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops, Russia's Holocaust
Foundation head Alla Gerber said it was "horrible that as we're
marking the 60th anniversary of this tragic and great day ... we can
speak of the danger of fascism in the countries that defeated
She said that while the Russian state itself is no longer
anti-Semitic, there are "anti-Semitic campaigns that are led by all
sorts of organizations."
"The economic situation is ripe for this, an enemy is needed, and the
enemy is well-known, traditional," Gerber said.
Responding to the lawmakers' letter, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom
said on Israel Radio that the Israeli government "will act on every
level to combat this. We do not let any group or country live
peacefully with phenomena like these."
"There is a large international call to arms against anti-Semitic
incidents anywhere in the world. To my great sorrow, these incidents
have been happening a lot lately, but we have to fight anti-Semitism
anywhere it is."
Echoing anti-Semitic tracts of the Czarist era, the letter's authors
accuse Jews of working against the interests of the countries where
they live and of monopolizing power worldwide. They say the United
States "has become an instrument for achieving the global aims of
"It is possible to say that the entire democratic world today is under
the monetary and political control of international Judaism, which
high-profile bankers are openly proud of," the letter says.
Along with outlawing Jewish organizations, the lawmakers call for the
prosecution of "individuals responsible for providing these groups
with state and municipal property, privileges and state financing."
The prosecutor general's office could not immediately be reached for
comment on the letter, which the Interfax news agency said was signed
by lawmakers from the nationalist Rodina and Liberal Democratic
parties as well as the Communist Party.
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