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White House says antisemitic airport riot in Russia was reminiscent of ‘pogroms’

Rioters at the airport in Makhachkala, Dagestan, October 30, 2023, shout antisemitic slogans as they protest the arrival of an airliner coming from Tel Aviv. (AP)
Rioters at the airport in Makhachkala, Dagestan, October 30, 2023, shout antisemitic slogans as they protest the arrival of an airliner coming from Tel Aviv. (AP)

The White House says that an airport riot against Israeli and Jewish passengers in Russia’s Muslim-majority Dagestan was reminiscent of “pogroms” from previous periods in history.

“Some people will compare it to the pogroms of the late 19th and early 20th century and I think that’s probably an apt description,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby tells a briefing.

He also rejects as “classic Russian rhetoric” allegations by President Vladimir Putin that Ukraine and the West instigated the riot, adding: “The West had nothing to do with this. This is just hate, bigotry and intimidation, pure and simple.”

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