Friday, September 24, 2021

Ukrainian Parliament Outlaws Antisemitism

 JTA reports that the Ukrainian Parliament on Wednesday passed a law banning "antisemitism and its manifestations."  The vote was 283- 6 with 40 abstentions and 33 not present. (Legislative history). According to JTA:

The Law on Prevention and Counteraction to Anti-Semitism in Ukraine defines antisemitism as “a certain perception of Jews, expressed as hatred of Jews.” It lists examples of this, including Holocaust denial and “calling for, concealing or justifying the killing or harm of persons of Jewish origin.” 

The law must still be signed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is Jewish.