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A Jewish Ukrainian lawmaker condemned the rise of xenophobia and anti-Semitism in Lithuania.

Ukrainian parliament member Aleksandr Feldman, the head of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, also pledged to stop their rise in his country.

Feldman on Aug. 14 called on Lithuania’s highest officials to stop glorifying Nazi collaborators. He described the recent campaign against Soviet Jewish partisans as fertile ground for the rise of xenophobia and anti-Semitism.

The Ukrainian Jewish Committee condemned last week’s vandalism against two Jewish community centers in Lithuania, as well as growing Holocaust revisionism and anti-Semitism there. “Recent vandalism and anti-Semitic manifestations are the result of the country’s failure to punish Nazi collaborators and attempts to minimize the role of Lithuanians in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust,” a Ukrainian Jewish Committee statement said.

“The rise of anti-Semitic violence and vandalism are the result of ignoring the crimes of the past and glorification of the wrong heroes,” Feldman said. “The Ukrainian Jewish Committee will do its best to stop the progression of such tendencies in Ukraine.”

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