Tel Aviv. April 11. INTERFAX – the intolerance towards the Jews in Russia in 2017, have become more pronounced, despite the fact that the country got rid of the anti-Semitic image, according to the annual report prepared by the Kantor Center at tel Aviv University.
“The situation in Russia is of a twofold nature. On the one hand, Russia was able to get rid of the anti-Semitic image that was characteristic of her for several centuries,” the report said.
Experts of the Center for Cantor noted that Jewish organizations in Russia to freely carry out their activities, the Jews can study in any educational institution, leadership positions in public organizations and the system of state power, for them there are no restrictions on emigration to other countries.
“On the other hand, some anti-Semitic tendencies that are normally associated with marginal social and political forces, in 2017 become more pronounced,” reads the report.
So, in the past year, Russia has repeatedly called the Jews the originators of the revolution of 1917 and accused them of “ritual murder” of the Royal family, including the deputies of the state Duma.
“The participation of Jews in the revolutionary events was the main topic of public discourse. Two of the television series was devoted to the Central figures of the Communist party, Alexander Parvus (Israel Gelfand) and Leon Trotsky (Lev Bronstein). The two series presented the events of that time as a Jewish conspiracy that led to the overthrow of the old Russian regime,” the report said.
In 2017 in Russia only reported two acts of vandalism: one was committed in the night from 11 to 12 July, when an unknown person threw a stone at a synagogue in Kostroma, in the night of 11 on September 12, three firebombs were thrown at the office of the Federation of Jewish communities of Russia in the area of Marina Roshcha in Moscow.
The Holocaust in Russia is mentioned as part of a much larger genocide, and not as a unique phenomenon, experts say.
“The Russian Internet is full of anti-Semitic content that is published almost without any interference from law enforcement. Authorities rarely intervene, usually only when an individual loads the content of anti-Semitic content on his personal page in social networks. However, even in such cases the punishment is usually pretty mild (a small fine) and does not serve as a deterrent,” added in the Cantor Center.