EJC President Nixes Ukraine Visit

October 18, 2007

President of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, canceled his plans to visit Ukraine this Wednesday, to protest the government's silence after a spate of anti-semitic attacks.

In recent weeks, three Chabad Rabbis were violently attacked in Zhitomir, Cherkassy and Sevastopol, and the home of the rabbi of Uzhgorod was set ablaze.

Kantor was set to visit Ukraine for a government ceremony honoring the late Maj. Anatoly Shapiro, the Ukrainian-Jewish Red Army commander who liberated the Auschwitz death camp, reported the JTA.

In a letter to the 41 country members of the EJC, Kantor wrote: “to my deepest disappointment, in the last few days things have deteriorated extremely in Ukraine with regard to anti-Semitism.

After four major physical attacks against rabbis in Ukraine within the last month, we have not seen nor heard any statement from the government condemning this dangerous tendency.”

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