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Latvian Antisemitism: a recurring theme every March
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Latvian Antisemitism: a recurring theme every March

Latvia’s Antisemitism is a ghost that makes European headlines every March. This week, a Latvian MP of the ruling coalition bloc, Kārlis Seržants, was on the record on Tuesday, March 15, making profoundly Antisemitic comments.

In an interview with the Russian language public radio LR4, he said that “clever Jews” were responsible for some of the nation’s main problems. Clever Jews who operate “on the edge of the law,” referring to prominent Russian minority activists who, he believes, are Jewish. “I am not a chauvinist, absolutely not,” he specified “and “that is exactly why I am telling that being of Jewish ethnicity means being very smart.” While Russians might also be smart, he specified that Jews are “especially smart.”

The President of the European Jewish Congress, Dr. Moshe Kantor, expressed his profound shock at the remarks of the Latvian MP: “Such racist remarks singling out individual communities in Latvia have no place in democratic discourse within the European Union.” 

Click here to read the full article in New Europe

Monday, March 21, 2016
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