President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after a video of antisemites storming the Makhachkala airport that Russian antisemitism and hatred of other nations are systemic and has deep roots.
Source: Zelenskyy on Twitter
Details: Zelenskyy called the videos from Russia's Makhachkala, where an angry crowd broke into an airport in search of Jewish people on a flight from Tel Aviv, "terrible".
Quote: "This is not an isolated incident in Makhachkala – it is part of a widespread culture of hatred of other peoples in Russia, promoted by state television, experts and the authorities.
Over the past year, the Russian foreign minister has made a number of antisemitic statements. The Russian president has also used antisemitic imagery. Hate speech is commonplace for Russian propagandists on official television. Even the current escalation in the Middle East has led to antisemitic statements by Russian ideologues.
Russian antisemitism and hatred of other nations are systemic and deep-rooted. Hatred is what drives aggression and terror. We must work together to stand up to hatred."
Background: Participants of an antisemitic rally in Makhachkala, Russia, on Sunday broke into an airport and tried to get on a plane from Tel Aviv, looking for Jews. The airport is closed.