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Mila Kunis target of anti-Semitic rant from Ukrainian politician, protests erupt

By Gina DiFalco,

Ukrainian-born Mila Kunis has been the target of an anit-Semitic rant from Ukrainian politician, Igor Miroshnichenko, on Facebook.

Miroshnichenko took to Facebook to call Kunis, who is Jewish, a "zhydovka,” which is a Jewish slur dating back to the Holocaust.

Jewish organizations are now in outrage over the comments, but the Ukrainian government is fine with it because the word apparently appears in the Ukrainian dictionary as a term that isn’t used in derogatory way.

According to TMZ, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in L.A wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of the Ukraine to "express our outrage and indignation against the slanders of the Svoboda Party directed against the Jewish community in the Ukraine.” They asked the Prime Minister to "publicly condemn this attack and to take measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy."

Rabbi Marvin Hier says the term translates to "dirty Jewess.” Heir maintains the term was used as an "insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps."

The Daily Mail reports that protests have taken place in the past few days due to the Ukrainian Justice Ministry ruling that the term was perfectly legal.

Kunis has not responded to all of this, but she has commented on being Jewish being a part of her upbringing.

“My whole family was in the Holocaust. My grandparents passed and not many survived,” she has said. “After the Holocaust, in Russia you were not allowed to be religious. So my parents raised me to know I was Jewish.”

“You know who you are inside. When I was in school you would still see anti-Semitic signs.”

image: INF Daily

 
 

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