Tuesday, July 25th | 2 Av 5777

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
January 20, 2016 11:08 am

Putin Calls on European Jews Facing Antisemitism to Come to Russia

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Putin Calls on European Jews Facing Antisemitism to Come to Russia" to a friend
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with European Jewish leaders in Moscow. The president called on European Jews facing rising antisemitism to return to Russia. Photo: Kremlin.ru.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with European Jewish leaders in Moscow. The president called on European Jews facing rising antisemitism to return to Russia. Photo: Kremlin.ru.

JNS.org – Russian President Vladimir Putin called on European Jews facing rising antisemitism to return to Russia.

“They can come to us,” Putin told a delegation from the European Jewish Congress (EJC) during a meeting in Moscow. “They left from the Soviet Union. Let them return.”

“I’ve seen reports that [Jewish] people [in Europe] are afraid of wearing a yarmulke in public. They’re trying to hide their ethnicity,” Putin said.

Related coverage

September 19, 2016 3:40 pm
36

BBC Journalist Mistakenly Taken for Jewish Taunted by British Intellectual Commanding She ‘Get Back in the Oven’

A BBC journalist mistakenly identified as a Jew was told at a recent high-end London event to “get back in...

During the meeting, EJC President Moshe Kantor described the “very real exodus of Jews from certain parts” of Western Europe.

“While Jews were once again a prominent target for global terror during 2015, the attacks in Paris, the US, and elsewhere, and the mass murder of Russians on an airline in the Sinai, show that the terrorists target us all,” Kantor said in the meeting.

Rising antisemitism in Europe has been tied to the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda terrorist organizations, in addition to homegrown extremists inspired by groups like Islamic State. French Jews have been hit particularly hard by Islamic extremism, with a French Jewish leader in Marseille recently suggesting that Jews should no longer wear yarmulkes in public.

At the same time, the EJC commended Russia on the country’s statistical decrease in antisemitism in recent years.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • While the West are becoming agents of the Nazi nwo globalist mass murderers, President Putin one of the very few politicians in the world is resisting this evil.May Russia be Blessed by God.

  • anthony Lefco

    Anyone recall Birobidzhan. How about Crimea California (an early Bolshevik idea to create California in Crimea, to be financed by American Jews)? Interesting proposition but I think Israel is a much better choice and so will most European Jews. But Putin gets an A for creativity and not missing a trick.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Why would European Jews consider returning to a very militaristic, financially insolvent, cold, totalitarian country, such as Russia, when Israel, the United States, and Australia would welcome them? Anti-Semitism is certainly not a major concern in Russia at present; however, Russia’s recent history is replete with pogroms which even two or three generations removed still bring goosebumps to the reader let alone the descendant.

Algemeiner.com