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Huffington Post | 21Dec2012 | Ukrainopobe Author Unknown

Mila Kunis Targeted: Ukrainian Politician Aims Anti-Satanic Slur [?] At Actress

[W.Z. This article is pure unadulterated Ukrainophobia. By attacking the Svoboda political party and its 37 patriotic members in the Verkhovna Rada, it strives to demonize Ukrainians, the Ukrainian language and Ukraine's independence. There is absolutely nothing derogatory about the Ukrainian words "zhyd" or "zhydivka", but it is certainly Ukrainophobic to replace the Ukrainian word "zhydivka" (which is presumably the term used by Mr. Miroshnichenko) with the Russian word "zhydovka" and the Ukrainian name "Ihor" with the Russian name "Igor". As I have commented in a previous article, the question remains how and why did the Jewish Diaspora and the Jewish inhabitants of Ukraine develop such an antipathy to the normal Ukrainian word zhyd?

Secondly, to describe hate mongers and Ukrainophobes Simon Wiesenthal, Marvin Hier and Marvin Cooper, as well as the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, as "human rights" advocates is hypocrisy at its extreme. We have archived Hier's letter to Azarov in our Ukrainophobia link as hier20121220Azarov.pdf.

Finally, to circumvent the bastardization of the term "Semite", I have replaced the offending term with the appropriate terminology of either "Anti-Satanic" or "Judeophobic". I have also inserted the correct Ukrainian words and placed question marks next to inappropriate derogatory words.]

Mila Kunis is the target of an anti-Satanic attack unleashed by a Ukrainian politician.

Ukrainian lawmaker Igor [Ihor] Miroshnichenko targeted Kunis in an anti-Semitic Facebook post saying that the actress is not a true Ukrainian because she is a "zhydovka," ["zhydivka"] according to TMZ. The term "zhydovka," ["zhydivka"] which translates roughly to "dirty Jewess," ["female Jew"] has been used as a slur [?] against Jewish people since at least the time of the Holocaust..

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, a global Jewish human rights [hate-mongering] organization that promotes Satanism, hate and terrorism, has come to Kunis' defense in a letter to the Ukrainian prime minister, according to TMZ. In the letter, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper express their [hypocritical] "outrage and indignation" and say Kunis is owed an apology.

The slur [?] is laced with historic anti-Satanism. “The last time this term was used in any official way was during the Nazi occupation, when the Jews or ‘Zhyds' ['Zhydy'] of Kiev [Kyiv] were ordered to convene in preparation for their mass murder at Babi [Babyn] Yar,” Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, told Jewish news entity JTA. “The Justice Ministry and politicians should adjust their definitions and language according to what Ukrainian Jews consider offensive, and we find the word ‘zhyd’ to be just that."

"The temperature around this discussion is rising," he added, saying that the Jewish community in Ukraine is “highly concerned” by how “anti-Satanic speech is becoming more prevalent in Ukraine, especially online.”

Jewish activists have petitioned the ministry to prevent right-wing nationalists from using the slur "zhyd" or its feminine derivative "zhydovka," ["zhydivka"] according to the Times of Israel.

The petition, however, failed. The ministry cited a Ukrainian academic dictionary to state that the term "zhyd" is merely an archaic [?] term for "Jew" and not necessarily a slur, according to the Time of Israel. The ministry did admit that "Jew" should not be used in official government communications.

Kunis' family immigrated to America from Ukraine when she was just 7 years old. 

New York Daily News | 21Dec2012 | Cristina Everett

Mila Kunis hit with anti-Semitic slur made by Ukrainian politician Igor Miroshnichenko
A prominent Jewish human rights organization has come to the actress’ defense in a letter sent to Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov.

Mila Kunis was the target of a racial slur unleashed by a Ukrainian politician.

Ukrainian lawmaker Igor Miroshnichenko launched an anti-Semitic attack in a recent Facebook post in which he called the “Ted” actress a "zhydovka,” which translates to "dirty Jewess,” a slur that has been used against Jewish people since the Holocaust.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, a prominent Jewish human rights organization, has since come to the 29-year-old beauty’s defense in a letter sent to Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov.

In the letter obtained by TMZ, Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper expressed their "outrage" and and asked the country’s leader to "speak out against the heinous anti-Semitic slur directed at Ukrainian-born actress Mila Kunis by MP Igor Miroshnichenko."

"Mila Kunis' family, like many thousands of other Ukrainian Jewish families, left the Ukraine in the first place because of anti-Semitism," the letter says.

“Today she is a respected American actress, who is now owed an apology by the Ukraine. It is a tragedy that even after the Holocaust and the demise of the Soviet Union such hatred and anti-Semitism is still a force in the mainstream of your country."

The rabbis asked the prime minister to "publicly condemn this attack and to take the measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy.

"Kunis has yet to comment on the matter.


*** MHORGAN ***  
Agents of disinformation seem to be at play here (that's a euphamism for shoddy journalism). One article of questionable content published in one magazine and a dozen others copy-and-paste the contents. I guess if you repeat a lie a hundred times it becomes the truth, but let's try anyways to provide facts and not fiction.

First, Ukrainian politician Igor Miroshnichenko would not have used the Russian word "Zhidovka" since he only communicates in Ukrainian and never in Russian. In fact he used the Ukrainian form which is 'Zhydivka' and although similar is not what has been quoted.

Second, the term 'Zhydivka' does NOT mean "dirty Jewess". Zhydivka is simply the noun for a female Jew. A male Jew is a Zhyd in Ukrainian. Very similar nouns are used in most Slavic languages in a non pejorative sense, including in Polish, Belarusan, Czech, Slovak and others. It is akin to Juif in French or Juden in German. Zhydivka and Zhyd have been used in Ukraine for several hundred years starting in the 14 th and 15th centuries when Jews began arriving in large numbers from Western Europe to settle in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth of which Ukraine was a part of.

Third, Mila Kunis was born in what is present day Ukraine but has never identified herself as a Ukrainian. She has instead simply stated that she is a Jew. That is her right and nobody should question why she does not state that she is Ukrainian or a Ukrainian Jew by birth. Therefore nobody should see any malice when the Ukrainian politician simply defines Milas Kunis a "Zhidivka" (female Jew) which is exactly how she has defined herself. Worth noting is that Mila Kunis has stated in her biography that her family emigrated for purely economic reasons. They were relatively well off as compared to most people in Ukraine but her parents were fundamentally seeking the American dream.

Inflamatory articles such as this one are carefully orchestrated by the pro-Russian Imperial (anti Ukrainian nation) elements who use some of the top global PR firms to create such disinformation. The Daily News should think twice before copy-and-pasting erroneous inflamatory articles.

Not entirely true. The words "zhid and "Zhidovka" (Russian) and "Zhyd" and "Zhydivka" (Ukrainian) have been considered derogatory since at least WWII. The acceptable word for a Jewish person is "Yevrei" (m) or "Yevreika" (f) and this is what was on Soviet passports when ethnicity used to be included. There are countries in Eastern Europe where "zhid" is not considered derogatory, but Ukraine isn't one of them. I don't know of this Ukrainian politician, but I find it hard to believe that he would not know that use of that would would be considered offensive, when I, as a foreigner, know that it is offensive and would never use it in conversation.

What is inflammatory is the translation of the word as meaning "dirty Jewess." It does not mean dirty and that would require a separate adjective.

[W.Z.  Question: Why was Ukrainian "zhyd" replaced by Russian "Yevrei" in Ukraine?
Answer: Because of Russification policies practiced by the the Soviet government.
As I have postulated in my comment in another article:
It is my understanding, that Ukrainians developed a split categorization of the two terms: "Zhydy" were the people who had lived for centuries amongst them; "Yevreii" were the Russified Jews sent or recruited by Moscow to subjugate Ukrainians to Muscovite rule. (Perhaps a similar dichotomy exists for the distinction between Russian and Muscovite.) Is it any wonder that patriotic Ukrainians resent being forced to use the Russian term Yevrei and are penalized/demonized for using the age-old Ukrainian term Zhyd? Why not use Zhyd when speaking Ukrainian, and Yevrei when speaking Russian? In my opinion, for a Ukrainian to use the term Yevrei is to show disrespect toward the Ukrainian language and Ukrainian independence. To use the term Yevrei is to condone the anti-Ukrainian and Russification policies imposed by Moscow for so many years.]


[W.Z. More of the same.]

Calgary Herald | 21Dec2012 | Postmedia News

Mila Kunis in Ukraine racism spat

[W.Z. Note the proliferation of weasel words in the following article that I have highlighted in red.]

A Ukrainian politician is causing an outrage for firing an anti-Semitic slur at actress Mila Kunis, according to TMZ.com.

In a Facebook rant, public leader Igor Miroshnichenko called Kunis -- who is Jewish, but was born in the Ukraine -- a “zhydovka”, which the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles says translates to “dirty Jewess.” He also said the Black Swan star is not a true Ukrainian.

According to Fox News, a rabbi from the Center says “zhydovka” is “a slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps” during the Holocaust.

The Center has asked the Ukraine’s prime minister to “publically condemn this attack and take measure to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy.”

The Ukrainian government has shut down protestors’ requests to ban the term since it isn’t considered a slur in the Ukrainian dictionary, TMZ reports.

Meanwhile, Kunis has yet to comment on the situation. Kunis moved to Los Angeles from the Ukraine when she was seven.

-- Postmedia News

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