Jewish Leaders Speak Out Against Xenophobia and Anti-Semitism

July 8, 2005

Source: Haaretz

On July 8, 2005 Haaretz reported, "Anti-Semitism and xenophobia are persistent in Russian society, the country's Jewish leaders said yesterday, criticizing law enforcement officials for not doing more to punish nationalist crimes. Borukh Gorin, a spokesman for the Federation of Russia's Jewish Organizations, said an investigation by prosecutors into whether an ancient Jewish religious text was inciting religious hatred 'was a sign of a serious illness of our society.' Last week, prosecutors dropped the inquiry into whether the Russian translation of a 19th century summary of Jewish religious laws called Kitsur Shulhan Arukh provoked religious hatred. The inquiry had been prompted by a complaint by two nationalist activists... Gorin said xenophobia in Russia was directed not only against Jews, but also against non-Slavic people, especially those from Central Asian countries and other dark-skinned migrants, who face severe discrimination. 'This is not just a wave of anti-Semitism. There are very dangerous xenophobic tendencies in Russia,' Gorin said. 'National hatred is high in Russian society.'"