Holocaust Memorial Vandalized in Ukraine (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari, Canada 03/23/12)
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A Jewish group said on Friday that a Holocaust memorial has been
vandalized in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, The Associated
Oleksandr Nazar of the city’s Sholem Aleichem Jewish Culture Center
told the news agency that unknown assailants on Wednesday smeared red
and blue paint over the memorial in central Lviv.
Nazar told AP the vandals also wrote a statement on the memorial
which, as he put it, “humiliates both Jews and Ukrainians.”
He said that activists have cleaned off most of the paint and that
Lviv police have launched an investigation.
Lviv, a vibrant center of Jewish life before the Holocaust, is now
home to a few thousand Jews, Nazar told AP. Some 1.4 million of
Soviet Ukraine’s 2.4 million Jews were executed, starved to death or
died of disease during World War II.
Jewish groups have said that anti-Semitism persists in Ukraine. Two
years ago, Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva student Aryeh Leib Misinzov was
murdered by a gang of neo-Nazis.
Channel 2 News on Friday quoted a statement by the Sholem Aleichem
Jewish Culture Center condemning the incident.
The statement, according to the report, said, “It is hard to ignore
the surprising apathy of bystanders who were at a bus stop nearby
while the memorial was being vandalized. There is no doubt that they
saw what was going on, but none of them bothered to call the police.
Only when our people saw the damage was a complaint filed.”
The organization said it intends to turn to the mayor of Lviv and to
the Ukrainian Interior Ministry to demand that the criminals who
desecrated the monument be punished “to the full extent of the law.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/23/12)
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