Ukraine May Finally Be Coming to Terms with Its Jewish Past

Oct. 27 2021

From the 17th century onward, Ukraine—first as part of Poland, then as part of Russia—had one of the world’s largest Jewish populations, peaking at 2.7 million on the eve of the Holocaust, and remaining around 250,000 even after the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is also a country whose national movement has been inextricably tied up with anti-Semitism, and none of the past four centuries has gone by without vicious outbreaks of anti-Jewish violence. Yet things seem at last to be changing, writes David Lepeska:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Holocaust, Jewish history, Ukrainian Jews, War in Ukraine

For a Leading Israeli Anti-Zionist, the Plight of Two Peoples Is Less Important Than Her Moral Preening

Founded in 2004 by IDF veterans, Breaking the Silence aims to expose the supposed wrongdoings of the Israeli military in the West Bank. In her recent Hebrew-language book Who Do You Think You Are?, Yuli Novak, who served as the group’s director until 2017, reflects on the internal turmoil she has experienced in the ensuing years and explains how she came to reject Zionism altogether. Einat Wilf finds the book cliché-ridden and solipsistic, while the author comes across as a “petulant child.” Moreover, writes Wilf, Novak’s argument rests on false premises:

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Breaking the Silence, West Bank