To those who are making frantic bids in establishing Volodymyr Zelensky as a “Genuine Zionist” or a “Jewish Superman”, there is much about Zelensky that is extremely disturbing and would be real humiliation to Jews and Zionists. Last month, Jesse Edberg in an article titled ‘Zelensky is Not a Jewish Hero’ in the Times of Israel wrote:
It seems like Jewish organizations cannot bend over backward fast enough to praise Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who happens to be Jewish, as the Jewish hero of our time. While there is surely something admirable in leading a country through a staling invasion by an economic third-world country, I don’t see Zelenskyy as this generation’s Jewish hero, or any Jewish hero at all.
I don’t see the Jewish heroism in serving a foreign power and foreign interests. I don’t see the Jewish heroism in intermarrying. I don’t see the Jewish heroism in Baptizing one’s children. I don’t see the Jewish heroism in consistently voting against Israel in openly antisemitic, targeted UN resolutions. I don’t see the Jewish heroism in allyship with neo-Nazis. I don’t see the Jewish heroism in Holocaust trivialization, distortion, and denial.
Yes, Volodymyr Zelenskyy does not behave in the way one would expect a Jewish hero to behave. He married a non-Jewish woman named Olena in 2003 and Baptized their children in a Russian Orthodox Church. He openly celebrates such holidays as “the Day of Christianization of Kievan Rus-Ukraine,” a holiday marking the establishment of Christianity as the official region of Kievan Rus in 987, and, by all accounts, religiously identifies as a Christian, not a Jew.
Since taking office in 2019, Zelenskyy has maintained a firm anti-Israel stance, specifically on the UN floor. In 2020 alone, Ukraine voted for several UNRWA-affirming UN resolutions, voted in favor of condemning Israeli “occupation” of Judea and Samaria, Israeli “occupation” of Jerusalem, and Israeli “occupation” of “the occupied Syrian Golan.” For the resolution to launch a formal UN investigation into suggested Israeli “human rights abuses,” suggesting Israel as an apartheid, perhaps even a genocidal power, Zelenskyy’s Ukraine was kind enough to abstain.
The way Zelenskyy entered the office is equally disqualifying towards his proposed status as a Jewish hero. In Ukraine, a country rife with antisemitism historically and today, Zelenskyy needed all the help he could get to get elected. He got this help largely from Ukrainian neo-Nazis and their allies, like political kingmaker Arsten Avakov, willing to compromise to present a united front against Russia. Even today, Zelenskyy continues to pay homage to his coalition, donning the Nazi Iron Cross in interviews and speeches and praise of Ukrainian Nazi and Holocaust collaborator Stepan Bandera.
Here I would like to add few more points, especially for the Zelensky fans or those who are buying lies and deceptions of Zelensky and his neo-Nazi cohorts. Recently, during his speech to the Israeli Knesset, Zelensky equated the Russian invasion to the Holocaust, denied Ukrainian involvement in the Holocaust, and, surprisingly, urged Israel to treat Ukrainians the same way Ukrainians treated Jews in the Holocaust (Ukrainians made up much of the SS’ volunteers and lent their land to the building of many of Hitler’s concentration camps).
Here again, Zelensky tried to hide the truth beneath his lies. He made foul attempt of burying the notoriety of Ukrainians during the Second World War and the cruelty they showed towards Jewish populace. We need to remember, Zelensky is surrounded, guided and collaborated by neo-Nazis. He is now trying to buy sympathy from the international community by continuously lying about so-called Russian atrocities in Ukraine – mass murder of civilians etcetera.
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