WJC rebukes Russian official who labeled Chabad a ‘Neo-pagan cult’ - World Jewish Congress

WJC rebukes Russian official who labeled Chabad a ‘Neo-pagan cult’

Attack constitutes ‘antisemitism – Jew hatred – in purest and ugliest form’

WJC rebukes Russian official who labeled Chabad a ‘Neo-pagan cult’

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NEW YORK – Reacting to a recent opinion piece by Alexi Pavlov, the assistant secretary of the Security Council of Russia, who referred to the Chabad Lubavitch movement as a “neo-pagan cult” and accused the group of seeking “global domination,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder said

“Chief Rabbi Lazar, an esteemed leader of the Jewish community of Russia for many years, has long been a valued friend of mine. Alexi Pavlov’s remarks accusing Chabad of being a neo-pagan cult in search of world-domination can be categorized as nothing other than antisemitism – Jew hatred – in its purest and ugliest form. 

“Chabad is an integral part of the global Jewish community. Any disparaging attack on Chabad and the Chabad community in Russia, let alone an attack that amounts to blood libel, is an attack on the Jewish people as a whole.”

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