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Putin makes joke about Jews and money during Crimea visit

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Source: JTA

Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin made a joke invoking the antisemitic trope about Jews and money during a visit to Crimea.

During a visit with local residents and religious leaders on Monday, a local Jewish leader made a comment about financial difficulties.

“So the Jews have problems with finances!” Putin replied. “Only such a thing could happen in Crimea.”

He also said “todah rabah,” Hebrew for “thank you very much,” to the bearded, black-hatted Jewish man.