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Israel criticizes Sergei Lavrov for claiming Hitler has Jewish roots

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the startling suggestion that Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots – prompting the Israeli prime minister to issue a rebuke accusing the official of using the Holocaust as a “battering ram.”

Lavrov made the comments Sunday when questioned by Italian media about how Russia could claim it intended to “denazify” Ukraine when President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish.

“When they say ‘What kind of Nazisification is that if we’re Jews,’ then I think Hitler was also of Jewish origin, so that doesn’t mean anything,” Lavrov said.​

“For a long time we have heard the wise Jews say that the greatest anti-Semites are the Jews themselves,” the Russian foreign minister said

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday branded Lavrov’s claims as “lies”.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett issued a rebuke accusing Sergei Lavrov of using the Holocaust as a “battering ram.”
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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett speaks during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, May 1, 2022.
Bennett called Sergei Lavrov’s claims “lies” on Monday.
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“Such lies are intended to blame the Jews themselves for the most horrific crimes in history committed against them,” Bennett said in a statement.

“As I said before, no war today is the Holocaust, nor is it like the Holocaust,” he continued. “The use of the Jewish people’s Holocaust as a political battering ram must be stopped immediately.”

Lavrov’s Israeli counterpart, Yair Lapid, called for an apology, calling the comments “unforgivable and outrageous.”

Studio portrait of the dictator and leader of the German Nazi movement Adolf Hitler
“When they say ‘What kind of Nazisification is that if we’re Jews’, then I think Hitler was also of Jewish origin, so that doesn’t mean anything,” Sergei Lavrov said.​
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“The Jews didn’t kill themselves in the Holocaust,” Lapid said. “The lowest level of racism against Jews is to blame the Jews themselves for anti-Semitism.”​

Dani Dayan, chairman of Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, comments Lavrov “an insult and a heavy blow to the victims of true Nazism.”

He said Lavrov was spreading “an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory without any factual basis”.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint news conference with Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh after their talks in Moscow, Russia April 27, 2022.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was asked how Russia could claim it wanted to “denazify” Ukraine.
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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the invasion of Ukraine, which he launched on February 24, as ridding the eastern neighbor of Nazi elements.

With mail wires

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