Monday, June 17, 2024

    In response to recent deportations, Ukraine warns Israel of possible ban on Hasidic pilgrimage to Uman

    If the deportations of Ukrainians from Israel do not stop, the entry of Hasidic Jews to Uman for the annual pilgrimage will be prohibited.

    This was announced by the Embassy of Ukraine in Israel.

    The appeal of the Ukrainian government states that the visa-free agreement may be terminated.

    On August 18, President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that he had given certain instructions against the background of reports of mistreatment of Ukrainian resettled persons in “certain” countries.

    Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel Yevhen Kornychuk clarified that Zelensky was talking about Israel: “The government of Ukraine will not tolerate the humiliation of its citizens when they cross into Israel. We will terminate our bilateral visa waiver agreements as provided for in Article 7 of the Intergovernmental Agreement. This possibility is on the table.”

    Korniychuk emphasized that Ukraine would have to do “everything possible” to host tens of thousands of Israelis in Uman, amid a high security risk and a huge logistical effort, while, on the other hand, the Israeli government mistreats Ukrainian citizens who come to Israel as part of a treaty between the two countries.

    “If Israel wants its citizens to be able to come to Ukraine as tourists, including to Uman, I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu should personally intervene to find a solution to the current state of affairs,” the ambassador said.