Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid denounced Russia after accusing Nazi leader Adolf Hitler of possibly Jewish blood. “This statement is unforgivable and outrageous and a terrible historical error,” Lapid said Monday.
He said the lowest level of racism against Jews was to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs then summoned the Russian Ambassador in Israel to clarify the statement.
Not only the Israeli Foreign Minister, the Director of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial Center in Israel, Dani Dayan, criticized Lavrov’s comments. “[Pernyataan itu] baseless, delusional, dangerous and deserves to be condemned,” said Dayan.
Germany also raised its voice about it. A spokesman for the Berlin government said Russian propaganda did not need comment. “That doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, said Lavrov’s comments reflected deep-rooted antisemitism among the Russian elite. “His heinous statement offended President Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine, Israel and the Jewish people,” Kuleba said on Twitter.
“More broadly, they show that Russia is currently full of hatred towards other countries,” he added.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky made an argument about what kind of Nazism they would have if he was a Jew himself.
“I may be wrong, but Hitler was also of Jewish blood,” Lavrov told Italian media Mediaset Rete 4 on Sunday (1/5).
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