After protests by Ukrainian Jews, the government announced the word was OK to use as it appears in the Ukrainian dictionary, as a term for a Jew that isn’t necessarily a slur.
Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles wrote a letter to Ukraine’s Prime Minister to express their outrage and indignation against the slanders of the Svoboda Party directed against the Jewish community in the Ukraine.
In the letter, Rabbi Marvin Hier explained that the term “zhydovka” translated to “dirty Jewess” and 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.
Hier and Abraham Cooper expressed their “outrage and indignation” and said Kunis is owed an apology
The organisation has called on the Prime Minister to “publically condemn this attack and to take measures to defeat the xenophobic forces that threaten your democracy.”