Israel Seeks Action on Anti-Semitic Graffiti in Ukraine

A panoramic view of Primorsky Boulevard, at the top of the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine.

Israel protested to the Ukrainian government on Wednesday after anti-Semitic graffiti was smeared on several Jewish landmarks in the city of Odessa.

“We view this anti-Semitism with worry,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We expect the Ukrainian government to make a most determined effort to halt the phenomenon of anti-Semitism and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

Odessa’s Holocaust museum, the Brodsky Synagogue and the Beit Grand Jewish Community Center were targeted.

The graffiti bore the words “toasting the Holocaust” and “Jews out, Ukraine for Ukrainians.”