The Jewish community expresses solidarity with the Crimean Tatar people, who are now being persecuted in annexed Crimea, Human Rights in Ukraine quotes Jacob Dov Bleich, Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, as saying.

According to Bleich, the current situation with Crimean Tatars in Crimea can be compared with the 1944 genocide. He urged the international community to launch a worldwide campaign to save the Crimean Tatars so the horror is not repeated.

“We should not be silent until the issue is resolved,” Bleich said.

Bleich also assured that Crimea would always be considered part of Ukraine.

It was reported earlier that police arrested motorists taking part in the Simferopol - Bakhchysarai rally on May 18. The rally participants, who were moving in a column and holding Crimean Tatar national flags, were stopped by the police that accused them of holding an unauthorized mass event. According to the decision of the Kirov District Court, the rally participants were ordered to do 20 hours community service for breaching the law.