Russian ambassador to Israel storms out of V-Day occasion after Knesset condemns conflict in Ukraine


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The Russian ambassador to Israel stormed out of a Victory Day occasion hosted by the Knesset after a few of its members condemned the conflict in Ukraine, Israeli studies mentioned Tuesday. 

Anatoly Viktorov reportedly left the Israeli parliament grumbling after Knesset members used the day’s celebrations to go after Russia’s lethal marketing campaign.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, lower left pauses during the opening of the summer session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, May 9, 2022. 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, decrease left pauses throughout the opening of the summer season session of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Might 9, 2022. 
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“The war in Ukraine is a crime,” Ukrainian-born Israeli member of the Knesset Yevgeny Soba mentioned throughout the occasion, in line with the Israeli information outlet Mako. “I cannot help but look with pain at what is happening. 

“It hurts me, particularly that whoever fought the Nazi oppressor and introduced victory, as we speak is combating one another,” he added. “The conflict is a slap within the face to our era of grandparents who fought the Nazis.”

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Victory Day, or Victory in Europe Day, commemorates the day World War II ended in Europe, when the Nazis signed the German Instrument of Surrender to the Allied Expeditionary Force and the Soviet Union. 

Though the day is celebrated throughout Europe and in Israel, Russian President Vladimir Putin turned the memorialized day into an element of his propaganda machine.

Putin has attempted to justify his deadly invasion by alleging he is “denazifying” Ukraine – a claim that has been flatly rejected by Western nations that have pointed to the fact that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was democratically elected and is Jewish. 

Russia held parades in warn-torn cities across Ukraine like Mariupol, which has seen some of the most brutal attacks in the country since the war began nearly 11 weeks ago.

The war has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis in Europe since WWII, displacing millions and killing at least 7,000 Ukrainian civilians.

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In the lead-up to Victory Day, Ukrainian officials warned that Russian forces may attempt to use Ukrainian prisoners of war and arbitrarily detained civilians to march in the parades, though it is unclear if this occurred. 

Israeli-Russian relatives of World War II veterans hold their photos during a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II at a memorial site for Jewish fighters, in Haifa, Israel, Monday, May 9, 2022.

Israeli-Russian kin of World Struggle II veterans maintain their photographs throughout a ceremony marking the 77th anniversary of the top of World Struggle II at a memorial website for Jewish fighters, in Haifa, Israel, Monday, Might 9, 2022.
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Israeli-Russian relations have deteriorated in current weeks after Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov instructed Zelenskyy’s Jewish background was not proof to assist that his administration was not partaking in antisemitic conduct. 

“In my opinion, Hitler also had Jewish origins, so it doesn’t mean absolutely anything,” Lavrov informed an Italian information outlet earlier this month. 

Israeli International Minister Yair Lapid shot again at Lavrov’s feedback and known as them “unforgivable.”

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“Jews did not murder themselves in the Holocaust,” the Israeli overseas minister said. “The lowest level of racism against Jews is to accuse Jews themselves of antisemitism.”

People walk along a bridge under a billboard showing a yellow Star of David, resembling the one Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany, on the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ramat Gan, Israel, April 28, 2022.

Individuals stroll alongside a bridge below a billboard displaying a yellow Star of David, resembling the one Jews had been pressured to put on in Nazi Germany, on the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day in Ramat Gan, Israel, April 28, 2022.
(AP Picture/Oded Balilty)


Putin allegedly apologized to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for the incendiary remarks. 

Bennett’s workplace mentioned the minister accepted the apology final week.

Each day Publish’ Dana Karni contributed to this report.


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