Lavrov's 'Grotesque' Hitler Remarks Fuel 'Global Antisemitic Fire,' U.S. Jewish Leaders Say

Major Jewish groups and leaders condemn 'highly offensive,' false claims by the Russian foreign minister, in 'transparently desperate efforts to justify Russia's invasion of Ukraine'

Ben Samuels
Washington
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Washington

WASHINGTON – Major Jewish organizations and U.S. officials on Monday sharply condemned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's comments comparing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Adolf Hitler.

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said he joined Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in "deploring Foreign Minister Lavrov’s unfortunate comments as being beyond any legitimate and permissible rhetoric. Comparing any Jew, let alone Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, to Hitler is beyond the pale, and accusing Jews of antisemitism feeds into the agendas of the worst antisemites and neo-Nazis."

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