|The Information And Analytical Edition
Of The Jewish Confederation Of Ukraine
In Brief ...
What is a Jew in general? Is this only the one who puts on a kipa and goes to church? Like hundreds of thousands of other Jews I do not do it, but who can say I am not a Jew? At times somebody says he is proud to be a Jew. How can you be proud of something you have not contributed to? I am proud of achievements of my people.
It has quite recently seemed the times of "struggle against Zionism" sank into oblivion in Ukraine. But our joy was premature, Misters Jews. The magazine "Personal" ("Personnel") edited by the Interregional academy of personnel management (IAPM) as if plunged us in old totalitarian times abundant in propaganda cliches of the period of decaying socialism. From the outset of this year this edition regularly treats its readers to entire sets of anti-Semitic propaganda clumsily camouflaged under an "anti-Zionist" one.
Discussion of a theme ...
MIKHAIL BILETSKY, Political scientist
VICTOR GUSEV, Professor of T.Shevchenko National University
FELIX LEVITAS, Rector of JPU named after Maimonid, professor
VLADIMIR MATVEYEV, Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper "Open door", candidate of philology
ALEXANDER MURATOV, Cinema director and publicist
ALEXANDER RUTKOVSKY, Board member of All-Ukrainian society "Rus" and National union of cinematographers of Ukraine, candidate of art history
ALEXANDER ZAREMBA, Department head of Institute for political and ethnic national studies, candidate of historical sciences
In the end I, as a host of the round table at YNU named after "Maimonid, would like to note that appearance of Shchekin's article is the result of a long-time impunity of authors and editors of anti-Semitic materials. If anti-Semitic articles in newspapers "Za vilnu Ukrainu", "Idealist" and others, as well as analogous books of the "Oriyany" publishing house, writings by E. Khodos, B. Vovk and alike national chauvinists had received a due rebuff, Shchekin would not have emerged at all. Unpunished evil grows, spreads and widens sphere of its influence.
JEWISH CONFEDERATION OF UKRAINE
Peaceful development of our country is impossible without tolerant mutual relations of all its peoples. Ukraine has already made its definite choice - a way to a democratic Europe. That's why we are indignant at the attempts of definite political circles to destroy an interethnic accord.
THE JEWISH DEMOCRACY MODEL DOES NOT WORK
Like Lev Tolstoy, it is high time to say, "I can't keep silence any longer. I want to speak out!" A number of publications in your newspaper make me, an ordinary member of Jewish society, speak out my opinion on some problems of a Jewish community life.
I congratulate you and all your editorial staff with the holiday - the Day of Journalist.