19 March 2019, 10:47
Russian embassy to Estonia condemns anti-Semitic verbal attack on chief rabbi
Tallinn, March 19, Interfax - The Russian embassy to Estonia has denounced the last Saturday's anti-Semitic verbal attack on the Estonian chief rabbi.
On March 16, while Estonian Chief Rabbi Shmuel Kot and his children were on their way to a synagogue for a Shabbat service on Saturday, a man approached them and started uttering anti-Semitic and Nazi statements in the Estonian language. The police launched an inquiry and detained a 27-year-old man, who pleaded guilty, in Tallinn on the same day.
"The Russian embassy to Estonia strongly condemns blasphemous anti-Semitic statements against Estonian Chief Rabbi Kot. We are especially indignant at the threats of repeating horrible crimes of the Hitler troops, which have killed millions of Jews, Russians, Ukrainians, Belarusians, Poles and representatives of other 'non-Aryan' races at death camps," the diplomatic mission said in a statement on Monday.
"Estonia occupied by the Germans has also been affected. Monuments at the site of the former concentration camp in Klooga are a graphical confirmation to that," the statement reads.
"The Russian side has repeatedly warned Estonian authorities that abetment to the heroization of Nazi criminals and their accomplices, in honor of whom regular gatherings take place, memorial plaques and busts are unveiled, will bring its poisonous results sooner or later. This is disregarding this kind of shameful phenomena that brings about a feeling of going unpunished in supporters of reviving the Judenfrei regime in Estonia," the embassy said.
Meanwhile, Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas condemned this anti-Semitic incident. Urmas Viilma, the Archbishop of Tallinn and Primate of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, also sent an open letter to the chief rabbi to support him and apologize for the incident. The U.S. embassy to Estonia also denounced the anti-Semitic verbal attack on Monday.
In this connection, the Jewish community in Estonia expressed concern by the possible coming to power of the nationalistic Conservative People's Party, many members of which make statements hostile to ethnic minorities and divide the society into theirs and others.
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