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Kiev rabbi assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic attack

Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev on Thursday in a suspected anti-Semitic attack. The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen, who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization, on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA. “They struck him in the leg, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, calling him a ‘zyhd,’ she […]

Latvian minister to be fired for endorsing SS vets

(JTA) — Latvia’s prime minister said she would fire a Cabinet minister planning to march with local SS veterans. Einars Cilinskis, Latvia’s minister for environment and regional development, said he would attend Sunday’s rally in Riga, Reuters reported Friday. “Taking into account that the minister has said today he would join the march and would […]

Christian donors to give more than $1M in crisis aid to Ukraine Jews

(JTA) — A charity organization funded by Christians has pledged over $1 million in emergency funding for Ukrainian Jews. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, made the announcement about the extra funding for Ukraine during a trip he concluded on Thursday to the Eastern European nation. “We’re pledging $10 […]

Khodorkovsky tells Russians and Ukrainians to talk

by Vladimir Rozanskij Moscow (AsiaNews) – As a relative calm prevails in Ukraine after the epic revolution in Maidan (Independence) Square and Russia’s clumsy showdown in the Crimea, the most interesting event was undoubtedly the ‘Mikhail Khodorkovsky show,’ as Russian media dubbed it, in Kyiv last week. The former oligarch and oil magnate, now also […]

Anti-Semitism Envoy Blasts Russian Effort To Play Ukraine ‘Jewish Card’

WASHINGTON — He may lack the cachet and recognition of the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, but in the federal government’s sprawling bureaucracy, Ira Forman is the only official tasked with identifying and addressing anti-Semitism worldwide on behalf of the United States. Now, suddenly, with Ukraine in crisis, Forman’s usually low-profile brief is front and center, as […]

Jewish Voices From Crimea: ‘Living in Readiness’

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – Two weeks after the fall of the regime in the Ukraine, and as the reports of Russian military advancement in Crimea intensify, the situation in the region continues to remain unstable and flammable. The interim government in the Ukraine has issued new laws, many of them with a nationalistic orientation, creating unrest […]

How Many “Chief Rabbis” Does Ukraine Have?

In the ongoing coverage of the turmoil, and the discussion of what it all means for the country’s Jews, you may, confusingly, have seen a number of people referred to as Ukraine’s “chief rabbi.” On one side, there’s Moshe Reuven Asman, who caused quite a bit of international consternation with his call for Kiev’s Jews to “leave the city center or […]

The Ukrainian border, where Putin, Europe and the United States risk their demise

by Vladimir Rozanskij Moscow ( AsiaNews) – The Russian word u – kraina, from which the name of the State in turmoil these days is derived, means “on the margins”, the borderline. In fact, as the first two decades of the post-Soviet area draws to a close, Ukraine as an independent nation has never existed […]

Putin’s Phantom Pogroms

Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, and his government have been deft at using the history of Ukrainian anti-Semitism to their advantage. At his first news conference after moving his troops into Crimea, Mr. Putin described right-wing fanatics in Kiev wearing armbands with swastikalike symbols, warning that, in upcoming elections, “like a Jack-in-the-box, some nationalist-type or […]