Joseph Zissels: Law enforcement officers are told that Maidan has been launched by Jews therefore they should beat everyone

Joseph Zisels, Chairman of the Association of Jewish Communities of Ukraine, is convinced that reprisals await the churches whose priests and parishioners come to Maidan, with the Orthodox Church of Moscow Patriarchate as the only exception.

January 21, 2014 17:28
Translated by Vadim Kastelli


Joseph Zysels.    Photo: "Radio Liberty"

Joseph Zysels.
Photo: “Radio Liberty”

Joseph Zisels, Chairman of the Association of Jewish Communities of Ukraine and Vice President of the World Jewish Congress believes that all the churches that have not supported the Ukrainian Administration will be repressed if the state of emergency is imposed. Here are his comments to

The churches that were not afraid to come to Maidan, together with their priests and parishioners, can face reprisals if the authorities introduce the state of emergency. In fact, it has already been introduced. All the churches except for Moscow Patriarchate will suffer, while the ones that provide any support to the opposition will be persecuted or even shut down, said Zisels.

He believes that the president and his allies will face inevitable international isolation if persecution of the churches starts in Ukraine.

If the government dares to start reprisals it will see global isolation and proper response of the Pope and heads of other churches, Zisels said.

Zisels added that the authorities had started a vigorous anti-Semitic campaign at the websites of its political satellites and Berkut special police units.

Some political parties close to the administration started publishing at their websites anti-Semitic articles some two or three weeks ago. These are websites of Viktor Medvedchuk, Natalia Vitrenko, Berkut, and others. The articles suggest that Maidan has been launched by Jews. Absurd as it is, the police who are confronting the protesters with clubs and shields believe it. They are told, Maidan is a Jewish invention so don’t feel any pity, beat them all, Zisels said.

The Chairman of the Association of Jewish Communities of Ukraine believes that Andriy Klyuev, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, could be the ideologist of the anti-Jewish campaign that has been modeled after Russian patterns.

I presume that Klyuev can be the campaign coordinator, said Zisels. The administration is copying Russia in many ways, however even former president Kuchma once wrote that Ukraine was not Russia, so Russian methods will not work here.

RELATED INFORMATION:  The Real Extremists Revealed

Appeal to the President of Ukraine and the Interior Minister in connection with the anti-Semitic propaganda of “Berkut” on FB

12:45   22 December 2013

The Ukrainian public organization, “Ukrainian Independent Council of Jewish Women” and media project, “Kiev Jewish,” sent an open letter to the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych and Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko in connection with anti-Semitism on the page of their Special Forces “Berkut – Ukraine” on the Facebook social network.

In her address, the President of NGO “Ukrainian Independent Council of Jewish Women,” the chief editor of the media project, “Kiev Jewish,” Eleanor Groisman says:

“We are outraged by the fact that the Facebook page: “Berkut -Ukraine” – Information in support of the Ukrainian unit “Berkut “- represents a concentration of anti-Semitism and extremism.

More than a thousand users of FB “Like” this page and more than a thousand discuss it. Information in “Berkut” is marked as “favorite” by many famous pro-government public figures, lawyers, politicians and journalists.

The representation of “Berkut” in the social network, is replete with materials about the Jewish roots and connections with Jews of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk

The page is entered through a: “Berkut Ukraine – WARNING! the material on the connection of the Nazis and the Zionists is published for educational purposes only!”

The President of the “Ukrainian Independent Council of Jewish Women” and Editor-in-chief of the “Kiev Jewish” media project, Eleanor Groisman stated, in a letter to Yanukovych and Zakharchenko:

“We believe that the so-called “educational purposes” of the special forces “Berkut -Ukraine,” in the popular Facebook social network, is aimed at inciting people against the Jews as the perpetrators of all the troubles and are an incitement of ethnic hatred and an incitement to violence against Jews. All this threatens to turn into physical aggression against Jews and pogroms.”

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