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December 19, 2014 1:12 pm

Czech Jewish Community Blasts Putin Invitation to Holocaust Events

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The Czech Jewish community has said that inviting Russian President  Vladimir Putin to participate in Prague’s upcoming Holocaust commemoration events is inappropriate given the “current political situation.”

“The regime Putin established and embodies doesn’t respect international treaties, is aggressive and uses its power to occupy the territory of a neighboring state,” the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic said in a statement, Bloomberg News reported on Friday.

Czech President Milos Zeman invited Putin to a forum on Holocaust history in Prague and Terezin on Jan. 26-27. Representatives of other Allied countries in the Second World War were also extended an invitation in an announcement made on Nov. 18.

While the Moscow government denies involvement in neighboring Ukraine and its ongoing conflict, Zeman has been criticized for his stance on Russia’s active role in Ukraine. He refused to condemn Putin for annexing Crimea in March and would not blame Russia for its role in stirring a separatist rebellion in the former Soviet republic, according to Bloomberg News.

Zelman received backlash from politicians and the media for his refusal to condemn human rights abuse in Russia as well as China. He was targeted by a barrage of eggs and booed by voters during his speech to mark the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution which brought down communism on Nov. 17. As the president took to the stage, the crowd chanted “resign” and “shame on you,” Euronews reported.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he will come to Prague for the Holocaust events. The Czech presidential office would not comment on other participants before releasing a full guest list, according to Zeman’s spokesperson, Jiri Ovcacek.

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  • Pierre Elie Mamou

    Czech, great people!

  • Crimea is for Russians as important as the tempelmount for Jews.

  • Reform School

    There’s no disputin’ Putin is controverial.

  • steven L

    The problem with Putin and Russia in general is their antisemitic narrative and actions (Protocol of Zion, Creation and support of Palestinians terrorists, arming Egypt now and then, Syria and Iran etc…

  • Eric R.

    Frankly, I would not want to live under Putin, who is an authoritarian leader that allows his people decreasing freedom.

    On the other hand, Jews are safer walking the streets of Moscow in a Yarmulke than they are just about anywhere in the EU.

    • Татьяна

      А я счастлива, что живу при Путине. Мне жаль, что мои дети будут жить при другом Президенте.

  • Julian Clovelley

    Whose Army liberated Auschwitz?

    • Arthur Brede

      And then used it, and other concentration camps, to ‘detain’ its prisoners of conscience and religion? Dumb comment from a silly Russophile troll.


    • Arthur Brede

      We did – it’s not us doing the invading these days.

  • Vivarto

    Stupid freacking imbecilic Jews.
    Unnecessarily antagonizing Putin who is our potential ally.
    It is not Jewish business to help sort out 1000 years of Russian/Rusenian/Ukrainian history.
    And certainly annexation of Crimea was the right thing to do.

    I only wish that Israel had a leader like Putin!

    • Arthur Brede

      It has a leader better than Putin, and what’s more it is a functioning democracy that doesn’t murder journalists, lock up rock bands, commit genocide and ethnic cleansing on a mass scale, or shoot down airliners to prove it has balls. Admittedly, it has indulged in some pretty heavy-handed policing, but I’d get a bit peeved if people targeted my children with random rockets, too. With a friend like Putin, you’ll never need an enemy….

      • charlie johnson

        Putin is very clever.He was able to get a former intel agent in England to indulge in a drink of nuclear tea. Then refused to give himself credit for the activities.There is no denying that much can be accomplished by closed police states.The west is an open book and they take liberties of our freedoms to maintain the slavery of their own people.I would submit that Col Putin is a very clever and cunning leader. Closing the information system is one of the best tools of a dictator. The fear of truth being made available to slaves has always been the slave masters greatest weakness. Here I sit in the USA talking to the folks of Israel. That speaks well of the nations leaders.