Voinovich presses Poland, Ukraine

U.S. Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to the Polish and Ukrainian ambassadors about anti-Semitism in their countries.

In letters Voinovich sent to the Polish envoy on Nov. 5 and to the Ukrainian ambassador on Oct. 30, the senator noted his record advocating on behalf of formerly communist lands as well as his history monitoring and combating anti-Semitism.

Voinovich noted that under the previous Polish government, ousted in Oct. 21 legislative elections, Radio Maryja, a popular broadcaster, was allowed to broadcast a stream of anti-Semitism and asked if the new coalition government would address the incitement.

In his letter to the Ukrainian ambassador, he noted seven instances of anti-Jewish violence since July and mass commemorations last month lionizing a pro-Nazi general.

“It is extremely important that Ukraine’s government demonstrate its commitment to protecting its Jewish communities with concrete steps to punish the violators and monitor all future incidents with care,” he wrote.

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