Azerbaijani has No Anti-Semitism

Azerbaijan has a “zero anti-Semitism rate,” boasted Elshad Iskandarov, the chairman of the Muslim nation’s State Committee for Religious Organizations, during a speech in Kiev on Tuesday.

According to the US State Department’s 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights, released last Friday, “there were no credible reports of anti-Semitic acts against the country’s Jewish community.”

Between 15,000 and 20,000 Jews live in Azerbaijan, which is located on Iran’s northern border. Azerbaijan maintains relations with both Tehran and Jerusalem.

Speaking with The Jerusalem Post following his remarks at the opening session of the Kiev Interfaith Forum, an annual gathering of religious leaders convened by Ukrainian MP and Jewish communal leader Oleksandr Feldman, Iskandarov said that “if you are looking for a universal recipe” for combating anti- Semitism, he doubted that he could provide an answer.


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