Zelenskyy compares Russian invasion to Holocaust in plea to Israel: NPR


Protesters gathered in Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Sunday to watch a televised address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Zelenskyy compares Russian invasion to Holocaust in plea to Israel: NPR

Protesters gathered in Habima Square in Tel Aviv on Sunday to watch a televised address by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Jack Guez/AFP Via Getty Images

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Israel to do more to help Ukraine during a speech to Israeli lawmakers on Sunday, expressing impatience with Israel as it mediates negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

In a nine-minute live video address to lawmakers, Zelenskyy said, “You can mediate between countries, but not between bad and good.”

He questioned why Israel would not arm Ukraine or impose sanctions on Russia, and criticized Israel’s limits on accepting non-Jewish Ukrainian refugees.

Zelensky, who is Jewish, invoked the Holocaust in his plea.

“The Ukrainians have made their choice,” he said. “Eighty years ago we saved Jews,” he said. “The people of Israel, now you also have a choice.”

Zelenskyy’s speech drew criticism from several, mostly right-wing Israeli lawmakers, who said he ignored the role some Ukrainians played in the Nazi genocide of Jews.

In response to the Ukrainian president’s reference to the Holocaust, Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in a statement to NPR called it a “trivialization and distortion of the historical facts of the Holocaust.”


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