Most Ukrainians disavow anti-Semitic views and right-wing extremism. This is bad news for the Kremlin propagandists who try to use the crimes of yesterday’s minority to obscure the achievements of today’s majority. More importantly, it is good news for Ukraine, and for its small but resilient Jewish communities that now enjoy representation at the highest levels.
In recent years, Western and Israeli media have extensively covered the rare incidents of vandalism of Jewish sites in Ukraine, yet too often ignored calls by the country’s Jewish leaders to take a deeper look at the positive evolution of the Ukrainian-Jewish relationship.
When Volodymyr Zelensky, the Jewish comedian recently elected the president of Ukraine, announced that he was running, the chief rabbi for the eastern Ukrainian region where Mr. Zelensky grew up was shocked by the hostile reaction.