A woman places flowers at a monument commemorating the victims of Babyn Yar, one of the biggest single massacres of Jews during the Holocaust

Ukraine passes law banning anti-Semitism

Bill defines anti-Semitism as hatred of Jews, stating its manifestation can be directed at Jews as well as their property, religious buildings or communities; though no punishments are listed, victims can claim compensation for material and moral damage

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Published: 09.22.21, 17:03
Ukraine's parliament on Wednesday passed a law defining the concept of anti-Semitism and establishing punishment for transgressions.
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  • An estimated 0.2% of Ukraine's 41 million population is Jewish and there have been isolated cases of anti-Semitism since independence in 1991.
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    A woman places flowers at a monument commemorating the victims of Baby Yar (Babiy Yar), one of the biggest single massacres of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust
    A woman places flowers at a monument commemorating the victims of Baby Yar (Babiy Yar), one of the biggest single massacres of Jews during the Nazi Holocaust
    A woman places flowers at a monument commemorating the victims of Babyn Yar, one of the biggest single massacres of Jews during the Holocaust
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    Its pre-war Jewish population of about 1.5 million was virtually wiped in the Nazi Holocaust.
    "The lack of a clear definition of anti-Semitism in Ukrainian legislation does not allow for the proper classification of crimes committed on its basis," the law's authors said.
    "In practice, this leads to the actual impunity of offenders," they said.
    The law, passed in the final reading by 283 votes with the required minimum of 226, defines anti-Semitism as hatred of Jews and bans it. Its manifestation can be directed at Jews as well as their property, religious buildings or communities.
    It did spell out punishments but allows victims to claim compensation for material and moral damage.
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    נשיא אוקראינה וולודימיר זלנסקי
    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky
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    To enter into force, the law must be signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky. The president's parents were Jewish and he has said he lost relatives in the Holocaust.
    This month Ukraine will mark the 80th anniversary of the Babyn Yar massacre, one of the biggest single killings of Jews during the Holocaust.
    Nearly 34,000 Jewish men, women and children were killed in mass shootings on the edge of the capital Kyiv on Sept. 29-30, 1941.
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