Sunday, April 27 commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers from the Rambam Mesivta High School will be holding a rally outside the Ukrainian Consulate to protest the recent outburst of anti-Semitism in Ukraine. In the past few weeks, synagogues have been defaced with swastikas and torched with firebombs. Just last week, during the Passover holiday, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the main synagogue in the Ukrainian city of Nikolayev. A Rabbi walking to the synagogue was recently stabbed.
Anti-Semitic vandals also defaced tombstones in the Jewish cemetery. According to rally organizer, Rabbi Zev Friedman, “Anti-Semitism has a history of fertile ground in the Ukraine. It is well known fact that Babi Yar, which is right outside of Kiev, was the site of the brutal massacre of close to 35,000 Jews in a one week period in September 1941. Ukraine needs to aggressively condemn all acts of anti-Semitism taking place in their country and issue a public statement of their resolve to protect the Jewish community.”
Just last week, three masked men of either Ukrainian or Russian descent stood outside a synagogue in Donetsk handing out leaflets which demanded that the Jewish community register and declare the property. “This heinous act, which was designed to intimidate the Jewish community, is reminiscent of what the Nazis did during the Holocaust and needs to be firmly condemned as Vice President Biden did. We are holding this rally on Holocaust Remembrance Day to protest and prevent further attacks on the Jewish community which have once again reared their head in the Ukraine,” said Friedman.
Where: outside Ukrainian Consulate – 240 E. 49th St., NY, NY 10017
When: Sunday, April 27 at 10:15AM
Contact: Rabbi Zev Friedman, 516-592-1176