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UCSJ Statement Regarding Threats to Tatyana Lokshina

The international organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has informed UCSJ that Tatyana Lokshina, Deputy Director of HRW Moscow office, received nine text messages (SMS) from September 28th- 30th that directly threatened her and her future child. Lokshina was the Director of the UCSJ Bureau in Moscow in the early 1990s and also has worked with […]

Russia Moves to Broaden Definition of High Treason

“Russian leaders ‘have now chosen an ideological course — you can even call it a national idea — to search for external and internal enemies,’ Lev A. Ponomarev, a veteran activist, said in an interview with Dozhd TV. Lyudmila M. Alekseyeva, a human rights advocate, told the news service Interfax that she had ‘a feeling that they are again pulling down the Iron Curtain.’

Earlier this week, the United States Agency for International Development announced that it would end its 20-year-old program in Russia at the Kremlin’s request. On Friday, the Moscow office of Radio Liberty, which is financed by the American government, announced that it was ending medium-wave broadcasts because of a tough new media law that prohibits such broadcasting when more than 48 percent of an outlet’s founders are foreigners. The station will continue its broadcasts online.”

France Honors Thousands of Jews Placed in Drancy Internment Camp; nearly all died in Holocaust

“France has inaugurated a memorial to tens of thousands of Jews forced into a World War II internment camp during World War II that was set up with cooperation from the Nazi collaborationist Vichy government.”   Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/france-honors-thousands-of-jews-placed-in-drancy-internment-camp-nearly-all-died-in-holocaust/2012/09/21/c0db57d8-03dd-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html

European Court of Human Rights Rules on Discrimination Against Roma in Ukraine Murders

“The European Court of Human Rights yesterday delivered a judgment finding discrimination in the case of Fedorchenko and Lozenko v Ukraine. Five Romani people, including three children, died after a violent arson attack, which took place on 28 October 2001 in the Kremenchug region of Ukraine. Three men deliberately set a family home on fire, […]

Soviet Jewry Panel in Memory of Lil Hoffman

Lil Hoffman was a long time member of the Board of the UCSJ. Her daughter, Sheila Bialik, convened a panel a few years ago as a tribute to her mother’s tremendous work helping Soviet Jews emigrate from the USSR. Below is an excerpt from the video she created from the panel, which was recently broadcasted […]

4 Injured After Package Explodes at Paris Kosher Grocery Store

“A small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb Wednesday, according to an agency that tracks anti-Semitic attacks in France.” Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/4-injured-package-explodes-paris-kosher-grocery-store-report-article-1.1162995#ixzz277WLkWxG

Trove of everyday items reveals Lithuania’s dark Holocaust secret

A young Lithuanian archaeologist reveals a dark secret hidden for 70 years: the remnants of the personal belongings of the Jews killed in the city of Kovno. Haaretz – By Ofer Aderet | Aug.31, 2012 On the shiny glass table lay jewelry, coins and metal utensils – similar to those in a catalog of antiques. […]

Dagestan’s ‘Mountain Jews’ Flee Chaos- After 12 Centuries, Violence Rips Caucasus Community Apart

By Judith Matloff Forward – Published September 03, 2012, issue of September 07, 2012. Makhachkala, Russia — Getting to Friday services in Makhachkala, the capital city of the Russian Republic of Dagestan, was complicated. Three giant bombs had earlier gone off down the road, and authorities had sealed off streets near the synagogue. En route […]

Swedish solidarity ‘kipah walk’ unites Jews, non-Jews

August 19, 2012 (JTA) – Several hundred kipah-wearing Jews and non-Jews marched in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews. Some 400 marchers gathered Saturday outside the synagogue in Malmo and walked to Mollevangs Square, a part of the city with many Muslim immigrants from the Middle East. Speakers included Brigitta Ohlsson, minister […]