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Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia Today Leading Outlets for Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Propaganda – Continuing Okhrana Practices


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[Previously there were] a number of ugly anti-Semitic events during the Russian Novorossiya campaign, that simply did not look genuine, especially people displaying T-shirts with anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans in front of Russian TV cameras in Ukraine. And suddenly a surge in graffiti, monument damage etc. The Ukrainian govt was dumbfounded – they looked it and sounded it as well. [This was tagged] as a likely revival of the Okhrana campaign against the Jews – a lot of classic Nazi propaganda was rebadged translated Tsarist propaganda. That the Russians would not dust off a favourite ploy to attack the Jews would be unusual – the Novorossiya campaign saw every known Soviet and Tsarist propaganda ploy, trope and misdirection employed. So below is a significant development – Israelis have flagged RT and KP.”

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Window on Eurasia — New Series: Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia Today Leading Outlets for Anti-Semitic and Anti-Israel Propaganda, Israeli Researchers Say

Paul Goble Staunton, April 30 – In its annual survey of anti-Semitism in the world, the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University says that Komsomolskaya Pravda, the Moscow paper with the largest print run, and the Russia Today TV channel (and especially its English-language variant) “continue to be the main platforms for noxious anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda.” The center notes that the number of victims of anti-Semitic crimes around the world continued to decline in 2016 but says that with the help of the media, anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli ideas have been spreading in groups both on the far-right and the far-left of the political spectrum (profile.ru/obsch/item/117027-antisemity-poshli-v-massy). Among the developments in Russia last year that the Kantor Center sees as particularly worrisome are anti-Semitic statements by senior politicians. In both cases, they were force to apologize; but the center’s researchers point out, those who spread vicious libels from the past – Petr Tolstoy and Vitaly Mironov – do not appear to have suffered as a result. More seriously, the report continues, both Russian nationalists and some Russian media outlets now identify opposition figures as Jewish, and they spread fabricated stories about Jews and Israel in order to damage the reputations of both. The Kantor study echoes the findings of Moscow’s SOVA research center which reported that there were very few violent attacks on Jews in Russia in 2016 but that “’anti-Semitic rhetoric was extremely prominent” in the media and public life, a worrisome development especially for the future.

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