On Israel visit, Lithuanian PM makes pledge on Jewish cemeteries

September 10, 2015 6:24am [caption id="attachment_2887" align="alignleft" width="450"] Lithuania's Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius listens to the media after a Parliament session in Vilnius November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins[/caption] (JTA) – Lithuania’s prime minister reiterated that all Jewish cemeteries in the country would be marked or memorialized by 2017. Prime Minister Algirdas…

Russian Judge Dismissed for Anti-Semitic Post

A district court judge from Russia's Udmurtia republic was dismissed from his post this week for posting an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook two years ago.  At the time, Ivan Orsinin uploaded a picture of a burning mosque to hisFacebook page with the following caption: You can look endlessly at three things: flowing water, sparkling stars and…

Lithuanian PM: Sports complex in Jewish cemetery to be built with ‘proper respect’ Wiesenthal Center’s Zuroff: It’s a case of cover-up in the desecration of the ancient facility.

 The Lithuanian government will coordinate with the Jewish community regarding the construction of a sports complex in the middle of a historic Jewish cemetery in Vilnius, a representative of Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius has promised. This week the London-based Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, a hassidic…

Letter from Joel Sandberg

Friends:         Back from Belarus, Latvia, Estina with a report -- our colleagues Joel & Adele Sandberg --         - Glenn Richter             Adele and I spent 5 days in Belarus guided by a fantastic couple, Frank and Galina Swartz.. They run 2 non-profits, Eastern European Jewish  Heritage Project assisting  Jewish communities and Voluntas which…

Rights in Russia

Rights in Russia: Week-ending 19 June 2015 [see also as attachment] HRO.org in English On the harassment of the Dynasty Foundation in Russia Lawyer Ivan Pavlov: military losses in peacetime cannot be state secret Committee Against Torture to renew work from former apartment of Natalya Estemirova General Prosecutor's Office unable to…

Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument

(JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with a red swastika that the perpetrators painted over a Star of David symbol. The vandalism in Nikopol, an eastern Ukrainian city located 60 miles from Dnepropetrovsk, occurred on June 16, according to a report Tuesday by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.  {To…
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