Foreign Ministry Fears Anti-Semitism May be on Rise in Russia

Anti-Semitic sentiment may soon be on a dangerous rise in Russia, a Foreign Ministry report obtained by Walla! News on Tuesday revealed.

According to the report, amid a worsening economic situation and a political deterioration following the 2014 crisis in Ukraine, fear over a wave of anti-Semitism has greatly increased. 

The reports paints a bleak picture of the situation of Jews in Russia, arguing the country has seen a rise in anti-Semitic statements in local media as well as 90% jump in the number of Jews looking to immigrate to Israel. 

However, anti-Semitic violence in Russia has remained relatively low in recent years with no significant increase in the number of attacks. 

While senior officials in the Jewish community fear a continued deterioration will prompt a wave of anti-Semitism, the Israeli Foreign Ministry notes that the current regime, headed by Vladimir Putin, is good for the Jews. 

According to the report, Jews in Russia have enjoyed economic well-being in the last decade and the sense of security is relatively high.

Putin is also known to have strong ties with several Jewish leaders, including Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar as well as his rival, Moscow's Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt.

Lazar headed a visit of European rabbis to Crimea in July 2014, in promotion of Russia's military action there, while Goldschmidt set up a meeting between Putin and Pope Francis last May and continues to protest sanctions against Russia. 

According to official data of the population registry in Russia, the country is home to approximately 158,000 people who consider themselves Jewish, though other estimates place the number at between 200 and 300 thousand. 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/201196

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