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‘Shlichut’ under fire: Jewish Agency emissary to Ukraine expects aliya to rise

BySteve Linde 14 January 2017 Roman Polonsky, director of the Jewish Agency’s Department for Russian-speaking Jewry, says aliya from Ukraine has actually tripled in the last three years. UKRAINIAN OLIM prepare to fly to Israel.. (photo credit:SVETLANA MIKHALCHENKO) Although it is hardly reported in the media, two or three and sometimes up to 10 people […]

RUSSIA: Religious freedom survey, January 2017

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Russian laws restricting freedom of religion and belief have increased, as have prosecutions of people exercising this freedom. Given intensifying official hostility to independent public activities without state permission, freedom of religion and belief and interlinked human rights may in future be increasingly restricted. Since Vladimir Putin re-election as President […]

HRW Report: Threats To Human Rights Increased In 2016

Human Rights Watch (HRW) warns that human rights are increasingly in danger as strongman leaders in countries such as Russia, Turkey, and China step up their repression of dissent and populist parties rise in the West. The international rights group says in its World Report 2017 that the past 12 months have seen many authoritarian […]

Lithuania Is Building a Convention Center Over Vilna’s Jewish Cemetery. Here’s How You Can Protest

Locals and top Jewish historians are fighting to prevent the bulldozing of the burial site of one of Europe’s most historic Jewish communities By Yair Rosenberg For centuries, the city of Vilna (today Vilnius) was the center of Jewish life in what was then known as Polish-Lithuania. By the turn of the 20th century, the Lithuanian capital boasted […]

Wiesenthal Center pans Svoboda march but many Ukrainian Jews aren’t worried

While Ukrainian leaders have condemned anti-Semitism, some charge that the government has turned a blind eye to the ascension of racist figures due to their role in combating separatists. JEWS ATTEND the morning prayer at a synagogue in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this year. (photo credit:REUTERS) A new year’s torchlight march through downtown Ukraine in […]

UCSJ RESPONSE

Our colleague Meylakh Sheykhet in Lvov responds strongly to the article, below, which I posted yesterday.         The article shows that the authorities in Ukraine do not care about preserving the fate of ethnic groups.  The cross in Uman was erected especially to hurt Jews, since the place was chosen exactly next to the bank of […]

Ukrainian marchers in Kiev chant ‘Jews out’

January 3, 2017  (JTA) — Ukrainian nationalists in Kiev chanted “Jews out” in German at a New Year’s Day march celebrating the birthday of a Nazi collaborator whose troops killed thousands of Jews. Thousands attended the event in the center of the Ukrainian capital celebrating Stepan Bandera, a leader of Ukraine’s nationalist movement in the […]

View from abroad: Mitzvah Day in Belarus

Debra Brunner, Director of The Together Plan, blogs about bringing Mitzvah Day to five towns and cities in Belarus: Belarus is a much forgotten country in the heart of Europe: a dictatorship, which has a rich but troubled Jewish history. Once part of the Soviet Union, pre-war Belarus boasted a large and vibrant Jewish community and claims many […]

Two Russian Compounds, Caught Up in History’s Echoes

By MARK MAZZETTI and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT DEC. 29, 2016 The Long Island retreat called Killenworth that was once the home of George duPont Pratt. The estate is often nearly empty, according to law enforcement officials, inhabited year-round by just a few Russian caretakers. Credit Johnny Milano for The New York Times WASHINGTON — A […]