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Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sued Russia in an international court over his inability to operate an airport in Crimea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Hague-based intergovernmental organization with 117 member states, announced Wednesday that it would review the lawsuit, Reuters reported. Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian nationalist who funded military actions in the Ukraine-Russia […]

Immigration From Former Soviet Union to Israel Higher in 2015 Than Any Year in Past Decade

Rising inflation, a falling ruble, Western sanctions and a tense security situation have led many to search for a better life in Israel. by Lee Yaron This year brought more immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union than any year in the past decade, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said Tuesday. Immigrants from these […]

Jewish politician on trial in Ukraine invokes blood libel

In 1913, the Russian empire and the world stood rapt as Mendel Beilis, a Jewish factory worker, fought for his life in a Kiev courtroom. Accused of murdering a Christian child in order to use his blood for Passover matzot, Beilis was eventually exonerated, despite the Czarist government’s efforts to ensure a conviction. The affair, […]

New chief rabbis appointed for Vilna and Lithuania

Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson appointed by unanimous vote of European Council for Rabbis. By Yoni Kempinski First Publish: 1/31/2016 In an unanimous vote by the European Council of Rabbis, Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson have been selected as the new chief rabbis of Lithuania and Vilna. Following the appointment, Rabbi Pinchas […]

Ukrainian legislator toasts Adolf Hitler

A video of a Ukrainian opposition lawmaker saluting Adolf Hitler made its way online this weekend, only days after his country’s president apologized for Ukrainian collaborators’ role in the Holocaust during a state visit to Israel. In the video, Artyom Vitko, the former commander of the government backed Luhansk-1 Battalion and now a member of […]

PM Netanyahu to Ukrainian President Poroshenko during special Knesset session: ”We appreciate your efforts to protect the rights of your country`s Jews in the face of anti-Semitism”

During Wednesday`s special Knesset session in honor of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ”Like you, we are an ancient nation, but our country is young, and we want to experience the future together while cooperating in [the fields of] culture, technology and medicine.” Netanyahu mentioned that at the end of next […]

SPONSORED: Meet the Jewish woman who’s reinventing the Museum of the Jewish People

This article is kicking off a series on Jewish migration that is being sponsored by the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, the sole institution anywhere in the world devoted to sharing the complete story of the Jewish people with millions of visitors from all walks of life. To learn more about the musem, click […]

Syria: Russia’s shameful failure to acknowledge civilian killings

Russian air strikes in Syria have killed hundreds of civilians and caused massive destruction in residential areas, striking homes, a mosque and a busy market, as well as medical facilities, in a pattern of attacks that show evidence of violations of international humanitarian law, said Amnesty International in a new briefing published today. ‘Civilian objects […]

Ukrainian president to ‘Post’: We do not allow Russia to affect our ties with Israel

Petro Poroshenko declines to comment on a statement by his Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, asserting that vandalism against Jewish sites were meant to “destabilize” Ukraine. Both Jerusalem and Kiev face similar existential challenges from their neighbors, visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asserted Tuesday during an official state visit. Although Israel and Ukraine have different histories, […]