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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jewish Congress Calls for Boycott

NEW YORK -- A Jewish group said Monday it was asking European governmental groups to break contact with the Russian Communist Party until it disavowed anti-Semitic remarks made by some prominent members.

The World Jewish Congress also revealed that Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov sought and held a meeting with the group's European head, German Jewish leader Ignatz Bubis, on the issue. It reported that Bubis cut the meeting short when Zyuganov refused to take action against anti-Semites in his party.

Several Communist deputies have made anti-Semitic remarks in recent weeks. Deputy Albert Makashov said Jews should be rounded up and jailed, and Viktor Ilyukin, head of the Duma defense committee, said Jews were responsible for the "genocide" of the Russian people.

Kalman Sultanik, a WJC vice president, said he would also file a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the grounds that anti-Semitism is explicitly recognized by the UN as an act of racism.