Ukrainian phenomenon: Jews + Banderites = ?

Translated and edited by Voices of Ukraine

A new concept “Zhydo-Banderite” (“ZhydoBandera”) has appeared in Ukraine. This neologism is used to define Jews–[who are] friends of Ukrainian nationalists. Moreover, the Jews are the ones who predominantly use this word. In social networks, there is a photo of a meeting at a synagogue, where Jewish youth from Kyiv discuss the issues around sending the people wounded on Maidan to Israel. The caption under this photo says: Zhydo-Banderite consultation at the synagogue.

The flags and blazonry of the “Zhydo-Banderite” movement are posted on Facebook [see below].

Brand new anecdotes are becoming popular on the Internet, just like this one:

From Odesa:
–You are a Fascist and a Banderite!
–I know. [People have] said so. Our whole synagogue is like that.

The website of “Right Sector,” the leading force on Maidan led by Dmytro Yarosh, is called “” And the Jews supporting Maidan and revolutionary changes in Kyiv call themselves “Zhydo-Banderites” or “Zhydobanderivets.”


Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and 2nd or 3rd richest man in Ukraine

Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Governor of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, and 2nd or 3rd richest man in Ukraine


JTA–A satirical neologism becomes a weapon in the fight over Ukrainian Jewry:

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4 Responses to Ukrainian phenomenon: Jews + Banderites = ?

  1. helen holmes says:

    A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Obviously the history books used in Ukraine schools need looking at!

  2. Lorren says:

    Ah, but humor is indeed a sharp needle with which to picture the puffed-up bombastic rhetoric of the Putinites. And the best humor for such work is to adopt the stern finger pointing accusations and condemnations as mantles of pride!! Yankee Doodle was just one in a long line of such proudly humorous reversals, and this delightful wittery continues. Maybe in Ukraine we can call this Bandersniping?

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