Belarusian Jews Create Anti-Fascist Committee

2004 2004-07-01T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Belarusian Jewish organizations work together to create an anti-fascist committee to struggle the threat of expanding anti-Semitism. Jacob Basin, vice-President of the Union of Belarusian Jewish Associations and Communities, announced creation of the committee. Jewish organizations of Belarus repeatedly complained about desecration of Jewish cemeteries and open sale of anti-Semitic literature. The only university in the country offering courses on Jewish culture has recently been closed by the authorities. Jacob Basin claims the Belarusian Prosecutor’s office and KGB are not efficient in working against neo-fascists and skin-heads. These movements are gaining strength facing absolutely no obstacles in their activities. “The history of the 20th century demonstrates that a state tolerant towards neo-Nazi trends will sooner or later lead to irreversible consequences, destructive social phenomena, and, eventually, to numerous human victims”, -- says the statement of the Union of Jewish Organizations.