Ukraine far-right Svoboda party anti-Semitism:
Ukraine's far right-wing Svoboda party has secured nearly 12% of the vote in the country's recent parliamentary election, provoking concern among European Jewish groups.
This is the first time in Ukraine's brief history -- the country only became independent in 1991 - that a far-right faction has entered parliament; the party received just 1 percent of votes cast at the previous election in 2007. Svoboda -- which translates into English as "Freedom" - performed strongly in western Ukraine, which borders the European Union.
Member of the European Jewish Parliament Rabbi Levi Matusof implored people to "vigorously condemn, unambiguously isolate and unequivocally ostracize those seeking the revival of the darkest ideology of European history".
The EU has witnessed a general rise in support for far-right parties since the onset of the global economic crisis in 2008, with parties such as Jobbik in Hungary and the Golden Dawn in Greece entering their respective national parliaments despite openly professing anti-Semitic views.