Belarusian President claimed that ‘Jews steal without thinking’

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the comment of Belarusian dictatorial president Alexander Lukashenko, who claimed that ‘Jews have assumed a privileged status for themselves and steal without thinking.’

During a recent meeting on corruption issues, Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko said, „There is a list of 30 suspects here. Forgive me, I’m not antisemitic, but more than half of the accused are Jewish,” reports the Israel National News.

He also said, „What’s going on here? Have they (the Jews) assumed a special privileged status? Stealing and not thinking about their future? In Belarus, everyone is equal before the law. Jews, Belarusians, Ukrainians, Russians, and also Poles. Everyone.”

Yuval Fuchs, Deputy Director of Eurasia and the Western Balkans at the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, summoned the Belarusian Ambassador and told him that „the statement made by the President of Belarus is unacceptable, outrageous and sounds like a definite antisemitic comment.”

This is not the first time that Lukashenko has made an antisemitic comment. Last December, he praised Armenia and claimed that its people are smart because there is not a single Jew among them.

„Armenians are smart people. After all, there isn’t even a single Jew there. Do you know why? Because Armenians are the smartest people,” he claimed.

It is noteworthy that there is a Jewish community in Armenia with about 400 members, and the authorities’ attitude toward them is generally positive.


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