2017-08-16 19:29:00

Russian Jews call on Trump to suppress anti-Semitic outbreaks in U.S.

Moscow, August 16, Interfax - The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) has called on U.S. President Donald Trump to suppress manifestations of anti-Semitism.

The reason for the appeal is a far right rally formally aimed at protesting the demolition of the monument to Confederate Army Commander Robert Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12. During the rally, its participants chanted: "Jews will not replace us." At the same time, there was a demonstration against the far right march, during which a car drove into a group of protestors. Several people were injured and a woman was killed.

"First and foremost, these events show how resilient anti-Semitism is among nationalists, regardless of what country they live in. Despite the fact that the demonstration was dedicated to the issue of the demolition of monuments to the leaders of the 19th century slave-owner Confederate States of America, its participants immediately began shouting anti-Semitic slogans," head of the FJCR public relations department Boruch Gorin told Interfax-Religion on Wednesday.

Conspiracy theories suggesting that these events were allegedly provoked by Jews attempting to discredit the far right have already emerged, he said.

The events in Charlottesville also showed high propensity to violence of those who support racist ideologies, Gorin said. In this regard, the issue of joint measures by governments and civil society in the fight against the ideology of hatred "to which even the United States, the citadel of democracy, turned out not to be immune," is becoming relevant again, he said.

"I hope actions making such outbreaks of violence impossible in the future will follow U.S. President Donald Trump's strong condemnation of these people's acts," Gorin said.

He recalled that prior to the rally, an article alleging that Jews were preparing "a riot with genocide in the spirit of Bolsheviks" was published on a popular far right website, and that renowned U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones even said that Jewish activists seeking to discredit the far right participated in the rally posing as neo-Nazis.