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Russia’s foreign ministry has continued its diplomatic attack on Israel this morning, https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/may/03/russia-ukraine-war-moscow-plans-to-annex-donetsk-and-luhansk-us-says-britain-pledges-another-300m-in-military-aid-live

Antisemitism in the Russian Empire included numerous pogroms and the designation of the Pale of Settlement from which Jews were forbidden to migrate into the interior of Russia, unless they converted to the Russian Orthodox state religion. Russia remained unaffected by the liberalising tendencies of this era with respect to the status of Jews…. Russia maintained an exclusionary policy towards Jews, in accordance with the anti-Jewish precepts of the Russian Orthodox Church. When asked about admitting Jews into the Empire, Peter the Great stated “I prefer to see in our midst nations professing Mohammedanism and paganism rather than Jews”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_the_Russian_Empire

USA to Russian Tsar: Stop Your Cruel Oppression of the Jews, 1904. Chromolithograph.
Emil Flohri (1869-1938). In this print, which appeared after a 1903 pogrom in Kishinev, a “Russian Jew” carries on his back a large bundle labeled “Oppression;” hanging from the bundle are weights labeled “Autocracy,” “Robbery,” “Cruelty,” “Assassination,” “Deception,” and “Murder.” In the background, on the right, a Jewish community burns, while in the upper left corner, President Theodore Roosevelt asks the Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II, “Now that you have peace without, why not remove his burden and have peace within your borders?
https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/haventohome/haven-home.html

Russia’s foreign ministry has continued its diplomatic attack on Israel this morning, tweeting: We paid attention to the anti-historical statements of the head of the Israeli foreign ministry Yair Lapid, which largely explain the course of the current Israeli government to support the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv…. It linked through to a 900-word essay from the foreign ministry on what they claim is evidence of antisemitism in Ukraine and… what they say is evidence of Jews collaborating with Nazis prior to the holocaust.
Reuters reminds us of the context of the row. Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the weekend claimed Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins. Lavrov made the assertion on Italian television on Sunday when he was asked why Russia said it needed to “denazify” Ukraine if the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was himself Jewish.

Israel lambasted Lavrov yesterday, saying his claim was an “unforgivable” falsehood that debased the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. Updated at 10.22 BST” (500 word or less excerpt for blog Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.) https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2022/may/03/russia-ukraine-war-moscow-plans-to-annex-donetsk-and-luhansk-us-says-britain-pledges-another-300m-in-military-aid-live

Lavrov has doubled down with different claims about alleged Jewish involvement in the Holocaust.

About anti-Semitism: Russian Foreign Ministry May 03, 2022 https://telegra.ph/Ob-antisemitizme-05-03

Israel turned a blind eye when Russia spoke of “Nazis” in Ukraine. Yesterday it exploded in our faces “- Walla! news 5/2/2022, 9:43:04 AM https://newsrnd.com/news/2022-05-02-israel-turned-a-blind-eye-when-russia-spoke-of-%22nazis%22-in-ukraine–yesterday-it-exploded-in-our-faces—walla!-news.SJVelePpH9.html

Israel Summons Russian Envoy Over Lavrov’s Hitler Comment
May 02, 2022 https://www.rferl.org/a/lavrov-israel-hitler-jewish-zelenskiy-ukraine-denazification/31830525.html
Israel has summoned Russia’s ambassador and is demanding an apology from Moscow…

Lavrov was asked during an interview with an Italian television channel on May 1 how Russia could claim that it needed to “de-Nazify” Ukraine when the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, was Jewish.

Lavrov had defended Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goal of the “de-Nazification” of Ukraine and said Zelensky’s Jewish ancestry did not undermine Putin’s position.

“When they say, ‘What sort of Nazification is this if we are Jews,’ well, I think that Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it does not mean anything,” Lavrov told Italy’s Rete 4, speaking through an Italian interpreter.

“For a long time now, we’ve been hearing the wise Jewish people say that the biggest anti-Semites are the Jews themselves,” Lavrov claimed.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Yair Lapid said the Russian ambassador would be summoned for “a tough talk” over the comments, which he called “unforgivable and scandalous and a horrible historical error.”

“The Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust,” Lapid said. “The lowest level of racism against Jews is to blame Jews themselves for anti-Semitism.”

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who has been more measured in his criticism of Russia’s invasion, also condemned Lavrov’s comments.

“Using the Holocaust of the Jewish people as a means to score political points must be stopped immediately,” he said.

Dani Dayan, chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust, called Lavrov’s remarks “an insult and a severe blow to the victims of the real Nazism.”

Speaking on Israel’s Kan radio, Dayan said Lavrov was spreading “an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory with no basis in fact.”

Leaders from several Western nations denounced the foreign minister’s comments and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russia of having forgotten the lessons of World War II.


In his nightly video message Zelenskiy noted that Moscow has been silent since Lavrov’s comments. 

”This means that the Russian leadership has forgotten all the lessons of World War II,” he said. “Or perhaps they have never learned those lessons.”



The German government’s anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, said Lavrov’s remarks mocked the victims of Nazism and “shamelessly confront not only Jews but the entire international public with open anti-Semitism.”



Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi called Lavrov’s comments obscene, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed disbelief.



U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (Democrat-New York), accused Lavrov of falling back on anti-Semitism to defend his nation’s actions.

” As the highest ranking Jewish elected official in the U.S., I take particular umbrage at what Mr. Lavrov said,” Schumer said in Washington. With reporting by Reuters, AP, and dpahttps://www.rferl.org/a/lavrov-israel-hitler-jewish-zelenskiy-ukraine-denazification/31830525.htmlCopyright (c)2022 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The original reference is to the apparent fact that Hitler’s paternal biological grandfather is unknown. There have been claims that his paternal grandmother worked as a maid in a wealthy Jewish household, and that his father was the bastard son. While this would make Hitler 1/4 biologically Jewish, it would NOT make him Jewish. To be Jewish, his mother would have had to be Jewish, as Judaism is traditionally matrilineal. The President of Ukraine, on the other hand, is ethnically and religiously Jewish. Furthermore, if Hitler believed that his grandmother had been raped or otherwise taken advantage of by a Jewish man, it could account for his hostility to Jewish people. This is especially true, if there was no financial support. Hitler didn’t apply a one drop rule, and, with one Jewish grandfather, would have been eligible for a “German Blood” certificate.

Tom Steyer Is Not a Jew. Stop Saying That He Is” AUG 9, 2019, 8:30 AM By Jonathan Samuel Mark (Owner and webmaster of GoodbyeIlhan.com)
Excerpt: “For centuries, people were only Jewish if they met one of two conditions. Either they had Jewish mothers, or they had converted to Judaism. In 1983, the Reform denomination of Judaism wisely added a third possible way a person can be Jewish: a person who received a Jewish upbringing and has a Jewish father is also Jewish. This change is controversial. The Orthodox rabbinate does not accept it…
Nazi antisemitic legislation defined three classes of persons who were subject to persecution: Jews (three or more Jewish grandparents, or two Jewish grandparents and a Jewish spouse); Mischling of the first-degree (two Jewish grandparents); and Mischling of the second-degree (one Jewish grandparent).
Under Nazi Germany’s laws, persons with some recent partial Jewish ancestry, such as Tom Steyer has, could apply for a ‘German Blood Certificate’…
https://web.archive.org/web/20190810140131/https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/tom-steyer-is-not-a-jew-stop-saying-that-he-is/

Who was Hitler’s grandfather? New Evidence Suggests Adolf Hitler’s Grandfather was Jewish: New York Times bestselling author Dr. Leonard Sax publishes a scholarly paper in the peer-reviewed Journal of European Studies” August 5, 2019 https://web.archive.org/web/20220502195900/https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/who-was-hitlers-grandfather-new-evidence-suggests-adolf-hitlers-grandfather-was-jewish-300896402.html

Russia accuses ISRAEL of supporting neo-Nazis: Row over Ukraine escalates as Zelensky slams Sergei Lavrov’s claim Hitler ‘had Jewish blood’
* Sergei Lavrov sparked fury by fueling conspiracy theory Adolf Hitler was Jewish
* Israel denounced the ‘scandalous’ comments and demanded an apology
* Russian ministry doubled down and accused Israel of being ‘anti-historical’ 
By JACK NEWMAN FOR MAILONLINE
Russia has doubled down and accused Israel of supporting neo-Nazis in Ukraine

PUBLISHED: 04:44 EDT, 3 May 2022 | UPDATED: 05:41 EDT, 3 May 2022
The Daily Mail
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Lavrov with Biden’s spokesperson Jen Psaki, who was then U.S. State Dept. spokesperson on January 13, 2014.

Lavrov was involved with the Budapest Memo which promised to respect Ukraine’s borders. He was UN Ambassador when it was signed and Foreign Minister when it was renewed: https://web.archive.org/web/20140317232858/https://www.msz.gov.pl/en/p/wiedenobwe_at_s_en/news/memorandum_on_security_assurances_in_connection_with_ukraine_s_accession_to_the_treaty_on_the_npt