- July 24, 2014
Jews feel well in Lithuania
The Head of the Lithuanian Jewish Community Faina Kukliansky says that Jews in Lithuania did not feel discriminated against and would not complain to Ira Forman, who is a U.S. Special Envoy of the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism and now she is visiting Lithuania.
“Perceive the situation as a positive one – the U.S. government’s envoy arrives and we have no major reason to complain” – says Faina Kukliansky in an interview with the newspaper „Kauno diena” which was published today.
“Even if anti-Semitism exists in Lithuania, we do not encounter it in the official institutions or on the streets. It does not occur in our daily life. Conversely, in comparison with the western countries of Europe, we feel comfortable in Lithuania” – emphasized the Head of the Jewish Community.
She added that in general anti-Semitism existed on the level of stereotypes which could be overcome by education and mutual communication.
Translated by Maciej Jóźwiak within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.