The President of Belarus has said that the whole world “bows to Jews” because of the Holocaust.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made the inflammatory remark last week at a memorial service for Soviet soldiers who died during World War II.
“Jews were able to make the world remember [the Holocaust], and the whole world bows to them, being afraid of saying one wrong word to them,” the Belarusian dictator said, adding: “On our part, we, being tolerant and kind, did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings and let the things down to the point when they have started to hurt us.”
Accusing Jewish people of using the Holocaust in order to wield power is an antisemitic trope that perpetuates the conspiracy theory that Jews control the world.
President Lukashenko’s speech revolved around Belarus’ involvement in fighting the Nazis alongside Soviet forces, and stated that Belarus’ contributions in World War II needed to be recognised.
“This work has already begun with the investigation into the crimes of Nazism on the Belarusian soil. This is akin to the Holocaust of the Belarusian people,” President Lukashenko added.