Leading Ukrainian Jews have posted a full-page ad in The New York Times slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin for maligning the treatment of Jews in Ukraine, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (March 27, 2014).
The ad -- which also appeared in Canada's National Post, Israel's Daily Haaretz, and the International New York Times -- is addressed to Putin and accuses him of spreading lies about how Jews and other minorities are treated in Ukraine.
"The Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine are not being humiliated or discriminated against, their civil rights have not been limited," the letter says. "Your certainty of the growth of anti-Semitism in Ukraine also does not correspond to the actual facts. It seems you have confused Ukraine with Russia, where Jewish organizations have noticed growth in anti-Semitic tendencies last year."
The letter was signed by a host of businessmen, public figures, scholars, and artists. The lead signatory is Josef Zissels, chairman of the Association of Jewish Communities and Organizations of Ukraine, known as the Vaad.