Israel views with satisfaction the condemnation of the “Letter of 5,000” by the Russian Parliament and Foreign Ministry.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Foreign Ministry Deputy Director-General for Central Europe and Eurasia, Mark Sofer, today (June 29) summoned the Russian Charge d’affaires in Israel, Andrey Demidov, in the wake of recent events in Russia. Sofer noted that, although the authorities decided not to pursue an examination of whether the Shulhan Arukh (a 16th century codification of Jewish law) "provokes racial hatred", the mere thought of such a possibility is repulsive to all Jews and awakens awakens painful memories of the darkest days in the history of the Jewish people.

The Deputy Director General said that Israel views with satisfaction the condemnation of the “Letter of 5,000” by the Russian Parliament and Foreign Ministry, as well as President Putin’s statement against anti-Semitism in Russia, but that this was not enough. Firm and deliberate action must be taken against all expressions of anti-Semitism in Russia. Israel will continue to show zero tolerance towards such expressions, wherever they occur.

Mr. Sofer added that Israel expects the legal authorities in Russia to initiate an immediate investigation of the signers and publishers of the letter.