Mila Kunis Targeted Over Religion, Jews Outraged

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    Cast member Mila Kunis poses at the premiere for "Friends With Benefits" in New York City July 18, 2011.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
December 21, 2012|10:36 am

Mila Kunis has become a target of an anti-Semitic group in the Ukraine this week, outraging Jews across the world.

A Ukrainian politician used a racist slur in reference to Kunis via Facebook earlier this week.

Ukrainian lawmaker Igor Miroshnichenko used the derogatory phrase "zhydovka" in the controversial Facebook post, according to TMZ.

The phrase, pointed at Ukraine-born and Jewish Kunis, has been used against Jewish people since the end of the Holocaust in 1945.

Despite Ukrainian Jews voicing their outrage over the post, the nation's government deemed the word acceptable because its definition in the Ukrainian dictionary is not necessarily offensive.

Now, Los Angeles' The Simon Wiesenthal Center is also voicing their anger and has addressed the Ukrainian government.

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The center penned a letter to the nation's prime minister in order to "express [their] outrage and indignation against the slanders of the Svoboda Party directed against the Jewish community in the Ukraine," reported TMZ.

The Ukrainian term is believed to translate into "dirty Jewess," reported MSN Entertainment.

The Center's Rabbi Marvin Hier further explained that the term was used as an "insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps."

The organization's letter advised the Ukrainian prime minister to "publically condemn this attack and to take measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy."

Meanwhile, Kunis has not commented on the racism displayed against her.

In the past, the "That 70's Show" star has acknowledged her Jewish upbringing in Ukraine, noting the difficulties.

"My whole family was in the Holocaust," the actress revealed while speaking to The Sun U.K. "My grandparents passed and not many survived. After the Holocaust, in Russia you were not allowed to be religious. So my parents raised me to know I was Jewish. You know who you are inside. When I was in school you would still see anti-Semitic signs."

Kunis' parents moved her and her elder brother to the U.S. when the actress was 7 years old.

 

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