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Dagestan – Mob swoops into Russian airport looking for Jews

Dagestan: A mob swoops into a Russian airport, searching for Jews

Following the storming of a Dagestan airport by a sizable crowd yelling racist chants, Israel has called on Russia to defend “all its citizens and all Jews”.

Social media footage shows an irate mob scurrying through Makhachkala airport, searching for passengers arriving on a Tel Aviv flight.

A portion of the throng rushed onto the runway, encircling the planes there.

Security authorities eventually brought the situation under control, according to Russia’s aviation agency Rosaviatsia.

Sunday night was a closed airport. Rosaviatsia announced on Monday that the airport was operational again. The organization also said that aircraft would be “temporarily redirected to other cities” from Israel to the North Caucasus.

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Russian news agencies report that sixty alleged mob participants have been taken into custody, citing the interior ministry of the area following the intended attack on Jews in Dagestan

There were hundreds of protesters rushing the airport terminal in the video clips, some of them were waving Palestinian flags.

There were chants of “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) and antisemitic remarks from several in the crowd.

Social media footage showed a crowd tearing through the terminal and asking workers where the “Jews” were hiding.

In Dagestan, Mobs scurry through the airport looking for Jews

A passenger from Israel told Ynet that protesters halted a bus transporting people and questioned each individual about their religion—Muslim or Jewish. “It was lucky that the Israelis on the plane spoke Russian,” he stated. “I saw death on that bus.”

One traveler claimed to have been on the flight from Tel Aviv and told the local media that the throng had halted him. “We are not touching non-Jews today,” he claimed the rioters told him, leading to his dismissal.

At the time of the flight’s arrival, a local Telegram channel urged people to congregate at the airport and urged them to look for every Jewish person present.

According to local media, several protesters were obstructing traffic outside the airport in Makhachkala and demanding to see official documentation.

Twenty individuals were hurt, including a few police officers, according to the health ministry of the republic. Two are very ill, and several have severe injuries.

Located on the western side of the Caspian Sea, Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim republic in the North Caucasus region of Russia, home to over 3.1 million people. According to its government, a criminal investigation into civil disturbances has begun.

Ovadia Isakov, the rabbi of Derbent, Dagestan, informed the local media that the 300–400 Jewish households in Dagestan were uncertain about their future. Jews have lived in the area since before the advent of Islam.

Russia must take urgent action against incitement to violence against Jews and Israelis, according to the Israeli prime minister’s office.

A US presidential spokesperson, Adrienne Watson, said in a tweet that “the United States vigorously condemns the antisemitic protests in Dagestan”.

US condemns any attack on Jews and Israeli citizens anywhere in the world

“The US unequivocally stands with the entire Jewish community as we witness a worldwide surge in antisemitism. There is never any excuse or justification for antisemitism,” the White House National Security Council spokesperson said.

The government of Daghazan expressed solidarity with Gaza while urging its people to maintain composure and abstain from such demonstrations. International demonstrations against Israel’s bombardment of Gaza have been widespread.

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, attributed the disturbances to “outside interference” by “ill-wishers”. He offered no proof to back up his assertion.

In a post on the messaging app Telegram, Sergei Melikov, the governor of Dagestan, condemned the crowd invasion of the airport.

“There is no honour in hurling abuse at strangers, searching their pockets looking for their passports!” he wrote. He condemned “attacks on women with children”.

The mob’s actions, he said, were a “stab in the back” for Dagestani patriots, including those fighting in Ukraine in the Russian armed forces.

“What happened at our airport is outrageous and should receive the appropriate assessment from law enforcement. This will be done,” he wrote.

Israel’s foreign ministry said the Israeli ambassador in Moscow was working with Russian authorities, adding that Israel “views gravely attempts to harm Israeli citizens and Jews anywhere”.

Dagestan – rioters must be punished

“Israel expects the Russian law enforcement authorities to safeguard all Israeli citizens and Jews, whoever they may be, and to take robust action against the rioters and against the unbridled incitement being directed at Jews and Israelis,” the ministry statement said.

A group of people gathered outside a hotel on Saturday in the Dagestani city of Khasavyurt, where they thought some Israelis were staying.

The demonstrators hurled stones at the windows and nailed up a sign that said, “Entry strictly forbidden to citizens of Israel… (Jews).”

According to reports, later on, authorities allowed several people to enter the hotel so they could confirm that there were no Israelis present.

There have been disturbances in other parts of the North Caucasus besides Dagestan.

Over the weekend, a Jewish center in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria caught fire.

The minister of communication for Chechnya, Akhmed Dudayev, has urged people not to “follow the lead of provocateurs”.

“We cannot allow the incitement of ethnic hatred! Remain vigilant and do not allow yourself to be misled!” he wrote on Telegram.


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