A news website from Crimea -- a Ukrainian peninsula on the Black Sea whose parliament building is now controlled by Russian armed guards and whose Ukrainian flag atop the building has been replaced by a Russian flag -- reported that a synagogue in Crimea's capital of Simferopol has been spray painted with anti-Semitic language, the Algemeiner (Jewish) website reports today (February 28, 2014).
The spray paint included swastika symbols and the wording "death to the Jews," said Anatoly Gendin, head of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea.
Although there is no direct evidence linking anti-Semitic incidents in Ukraine with the broader civil unrest in the country, Gendin pointed to the fact that since the protests started in Kiev last November, Ukrainian life has gotten 30 percent more expensive and the Ukrainian Oschadbank stopped issuing pension payments to the elderly.
"When I look at this anti-Semitic writing, I understand that the provocateurs want to turn the attention of regular people to 'those responsible for these negative changes.' History tells us that those always to blame are -- the Jews! What will happen later? I don't know," Gendin said.