By Fergal MacErlean • 02 May 2022 • 15:33
Image: Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini in Munich, Germany, 1940.
Credit: Part of Eva Braun's Photo Albums seized by the U.S. government.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the astonishing comments on Sunday, May 1, when questioned by Italian media about how Russia could claim it intended to “denazify” Ukraine when President Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish.
“When they say ‘What sort of nazification is this if we are Jews’, well I think that Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it means nothing,” Lavrov said.
“For a long time now we’ve been hearing the wise Jewish people say that the biggest antisemites are the Jews themselves,” the Russian foreign minister said.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett rounded on Lavrov’s claims as “lies” on Monday.
“Such lies are intended to accuse the Jews themselves of the most horrific crimes in history that were committed against them,” Bennett said in a statement.
“As I’ve already said, no war today is the Holocaust nor is it like the Holocaust,” he continued.
“The use of the Holocaust of the Jewish people as a political battering ram must be stopped immediately.”
Lavrov’s Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, demanded an apology, calling the remarks “unforgivable and outrageous.”
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Originally from Dublin, Fergal is based on the eastern Costa del Sol and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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