A Ukrainian mayor and a diplomat were documented engaging in hate speech against Jews.
The mayor of the village of Skole, Vlodimyr Moskal, inveighed against Jews during a recent lecture before city councilmen.
Quoting Henry Ford’s antisemitic writing about Jewish schemes for world domination, Moskal said: “A lot of that work is devoted to the death of the goyim,” Hebrew for non-Jews. “Christians, Arabs, Buddhists, they are not people to them after their reaching world domination, which they are clearly trying to do through cosmopolitanism and liberalism in order to destroy all nations, to leave the political nation, to mix everyone into one lump, migrants, blacks,” the mayor said. He also called the government, whose prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, is Jewish, “Muscovite Jews.
Separately, screenshots shared online show that Vasyl Marushchynets, who works at Ukraine’s consulate in Hamburg, Germany, blamed on Facebook Jews for World War II and saying “death to the anti-fascists” on his private Facebook page, Reuters reported on Monday. Marushchynets and the Hamburg consulate did not immediately respond to requests for comment but Ukraine’s foreign ministry confirmed his suspension.
“Antisemitism and those who stir up inter-ethnic discord can have no place either in civilised society or in the foreign ministry,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said on Twitter.
The German Foreign Ministry said it had been in touch with its Ukrainian counterpart to express its concern over the consul in Hamburg.