“It will be bad for everyone”: the chief rabbi of the Russian Federation spoke about the unrest in Dagestan

Berl Lazar said that the events at Makhachkala airport and the reaction to them in the Caucasus “caused shock”. According to him, “hate propaganda” needs to be stopped in Russia.

Chief Rabbi of the Russian Federation Berel Lazar made a statement regarding the protests in Makhachkala and noted that he was waiting for a statement from the authorities, law enforcement forces and local religious leaders. Russian publication RBC writes about this on November 1.

The rabbi noted that rioters at the Dagestan airport “destroyed everything around” and also threw stones at buses and police officers. He emphasized that the victims could be women and children from Israel.

Berl Lazar said that the events in question were “shocking” and called for an end to “hate propaganda” in Russia. He also expressed concern about the interaction of different peoples living on the territory of the Russian Federation.

“God forbid, if these relations break down now, it will be bad for everyone,” the religious leader said.

He emphasized that the unrest at the airport was not an isolated incident, recalling that protesters had also attacked a Jewish cultural center and a hotel where an Israeli citizen was rumored to be staying. He noted that he was waiting for an explanation from the authorities, the public and the elders.

“But there is no answer. There is not even an apology from anyone in the Caucasus,” the rabbi said.

Unrest in Dagestan: what is known

Let us remind you that on October 29, Dagestanis started to raid the airport due to the Red Wings plane expected to arrive from Israel. People gathered at the airport with banners saying “There is no place for child murderers in Dagestan” and “We are against Jewish refugees.”

Later, on October 31, it was learned that the passengers on the Tel Aviv-Makhachkala flight, who were greeted by a crowd carrying Palestinian flags and anti-Semitic slogans at Uytas Airport, had to be evacuated by helicopter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that Ukrainian and Western intelligence services were behind the events in Makhachkala. According to him, they are allegedly trying to use the situation in the Middle East and other conflicts in the world against Russia.

In contrast, Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill (Gundyaev) described the protests in Makhachkala as an attempt to fight between Russian Muslims and Jews.

Source: Focus

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