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Russian Supreme Court Rejects Jehovah’s Witnesses Appeal

July 18, 2017 — 09:57  — Update: 10:23 The history of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, illustrated in the museum of the Russian administrative center of Jehovah’s Witnesses based in the town of Solnechnoye Alexander Demianchuk / TASS Russia’s Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to reverse its decision declaring the Jehovah’s Witnesses an “extremist” […]

With no Jews left to protest, Christian crosses grace Holocaust memorials in Belarus

In addition to problems with Jewish law, where some in the scant Jewish community see a positive gesture, others see cultural insensitivity By Julie Masis  July 9, 2017 PETRIKOV, Belarus — A few years ago, a monument to the local residents who perished during the Nazi occupation was built in the central park of the small […]

How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation

by Julie Masis 6/18/17 Clockwise, from left: Rhea Clyman’s photo in the 1933 Toronto Telegram; a ‘Red Train’ of carts taking first harvest of produce to Soviet government warehouses; starving children affected by the famine. (All photos public domain) While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a […]

Telling The Truth in Lithuania

By Rhona Lewis – 19 Sivan 5777 – June 12, 2017 Photo Credit: Benas Gerdziunas Richard in the classroom Who is telling Lithuanians about the Jewish communities that vanished during World War II? Richard Schofield, founder and Creative Director of the International Centre for Litvak Photography (IC4LP), has brought together a group of Lithuanian activists […]

Russia’s Navalny, Others Detained As Moscow Anticorruption Demonstration Begins

MOSCOW — Police in Moscow used megaphones to order anticorruption protesters to disperse as several hundred people began marching down Tverskaya Street, a central thoroughfare. There was a heavy police presence throughout the area, and RFE/RL correspondents saw at least five people being detained. Russian media reported that at least 50 people had been detained […]

Russian court orders a 2nd Chabad rabbi deported this year

May 19, 2017 (JTA) — For the second time this year, Russian authorities have ordered out of the country a foreign Chabad rabbi who had lived there for years. This week, a Moscow district court ordered Yosef Khersonsky, an Israeli who heads one of the capital’s communities, to leave the Russian Federation in connection with […]

Ukraine’s Jews walk narrow line between murderous past and uncertain future

As Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman winds up a three-day visit to Israel, Jews back home try to cope with economic difficulties and the effects of war BY SUE SURKES May 17, 2017 Children at Tikva’s kindergarten preparing materials for the Jewish festival of Lag B‘Omer, Odessa, Ukraine, May 12, 2017. (Photo Sue Surkes ODESSA, Ukraine — At […]

Ukrainian general calls for destruction of Jews

“I’m telling you one more time – go to hell, kikes”, wrote senior officer affiliated to the intelligence services In the latest of a series of highly public antisemitic statements by prominent figures in Ukraine, a retired Ukrainian general affiliated with the country’s intelligence services this week called for the destruction of his country’s Jewish […]

Omaha woman who helped resettle persecuted Soviet Jews dies at 94

Shirley Goldstein kept red licorice near the door for visitors. She decorated statues outside her home for the holidays, and called each of her grandchildren “Cookie.” And throughout the 1970s and ’80s, she thumbed her nose at the Soviet Union, smuggling contraband across its borders and helping to resettle Soviet Jews who weren’t allowed to […]

Holocaust cabaret in Kiev theater outrages Ukrainian Jews

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a display sign was hung in front of a theater in the capital of Ukraine, in anticipation of a new play telling the story of John Demjanjuk, who was convicted of helping to murder Jews in Sobibor; following the harsh criticism, the theater’s managers removed the sign. Itamar Eichner April 25, […]