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The protected 0,2%

A few days ago a law was passed by the Ukrainian parliament, banning anti-Semitism, i.e. its manifestations, hate speech and other actions unfavourably targeting Jews and things connected with them. Victims of the acts of antisemitism are entitled to compensation. The damage compensated for may be material or moral.

Jews make up 0,2% of the Ukrainian population. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish. The man who made him president – billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyi – is Jewish. He is also a powerful promoter of Ukraine’s Jewish community, he was the president of the European Council of Jewish Communities and co-founder of the European Jewish Union. So much for the facts. Now questions.

  1. Ukraine has a number of other national minorities. Officially (in round numbers) Russians constitute a 17% share, followed by Belorussians (0,6%), Moldavians (0,5%), Hungarians, Romanians, and Poles. Why is the Jewish ethnic minority under the protection of the law rather than all ethnic minorities?

  2. Why are Jews – not Poles, Russians or Moldavians – allegedly targeted, disliked, attacked by at least some of the sectors of Ukraine’s populations?

  3. How much antisemitic can a nation be whose members elect a Jewish president and create conditions favorable for Jews to become billionaires (Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Victor Pinchuk, Gennadiy Bogolubov) and operate within it?

  4. Why do lawmakers never fail to think that a decree, a mandate, a prohibition, punishment are capable of eradicating ethnic or social ore racial tensions? 

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