Ukraine: On antisemitism

I know several people from and within Ukraine, this is the reason why I refrain from discussing the country.

But somethings need to be said.

The EU powers, if given to choose between Ukraine and Russia, would not hesitate on lining up with Kyiv against Moscow.

This is true since before the Dignity Revolution that took roots in Independence Maidan (which means Square – Maidan Square just means Square Square). Let me say that quite rightfully the Ukrainian People tried to get their country’s management onto their own hands – it’s a pity they failed.

Maybe also because of that (and not trying to excuse all the recent Russian wrongdoings about Ukraine) the situation is how it is today.

The Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group has recently published an opinion, pointing itself as contradicting Russian views (and this is important), stating that “[there] have been no acts of anti-Semitic violence in Ukraine over the last two years and relatively little anti-Semitic vandalism.”

Further down the text we can read that “[the] main anti-Semitic crime observed is that of vandalism, including desecration of graves, synagogues and memorials to victims of the Holocaust, with the methods including the breaking of windows, arson or anti-Semitic or neo-Nazi graffiti.”

I’ll translate for you, and given this ever-growing wave of press coverage upon antisemitism on Western Europe:

Everything is fine in Ukraine. We are not, yet, rounding up Jews.

There are 13 references to Russia on a text that should be about the non-existence of antisemitism in Ukraine.

I am really curious to know the stance all those antisemitism critics, rightful critics I should add, are going to have now.

Just remembering that the world is not black and white, and we need not to align ourselves with anything that comes up on the radar as being enemy of our foes.

The enemy of my enemy IS NOT necessarily my friend.

This text was originally published on Facebook.