Putin Slammed for Suggesting Jews Manipulated Election

  • Putin Slammed for Suggesting Jews Manipulated Election

Putin Slammed for Suggesting Jews Manipulated Election

A suggestion by Russian President Vladimir Putin's in a NBC News interview that Jews might have meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election raised eyebrows across the world this weekend. "Maybe they're Ukrainian, Tatars, Jews - just with Russian citizenship". Putin went on to suggest a string of other possibilities behind the election disruption, including France or Germany or even America itself. Richard Blumenthal from CT wrote on Twitter following the interview, per the Washington Post. "Why is Trump silent?"

So far, the White House has not responded to requests for a comment. "He should clarify his comments at the earliest opportunity", the American Jewish Committee tweeted Saturday.

"It is deeply disturbing to see the Russian president giving new life to classic antisemitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years, with a comment that sounds as if it was ripped from the pages of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion, '" Greenblatt continued.

"President Putin suggesting that Russian Federation minorities, be they Ukrainian, Tatar, or Jewish, were behind US election is eerily reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion". Jews were persecuted under the rule of the czars and especially Communist leader Joseph Stalin.

Russia's Vladimir Putin in 2014 ordered a passenger aircraft which was reported to be carrying a bomb and targeting the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be downed, the president said in a film shown on Sunday. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, the Communist Party has closed synagogues, published anti-Semitic books and executed dozens of Jews in the 1960s and 1970s. In public, he mostly has.

But some see dark signs in the corners of Putin's Russian Federation.

The "Elders of Zion" was a fake document published widely in Russian Federation in the early 1900s that claimed the Jewish race was plotting to take over the world.

While Putin has portrayed Russian Federation in public as a refuge from far-right and anti-Semitic groups gaining political power across Europe, a report by Democratic Senate staffers accused his government of secretly assisting those same groups as part of its effort to destabilize democracies, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Israel has lately been in a diplomatic crisis with Poland, a former Soviet state, after its leader appeared to accuse Jews of helping perpetrate the Holocaust.