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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev

KIEV (JTA) — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is cluttered with a computer and some toys. Since October, three generations of the Tolkachov family — grandmother, parents and 22-month-old […]

BELARUS: Slander and obstruction to keep foreigners out

By Olga Glace, Forum 18 News Service Catholics responded vigorously to accusations by the senior state religious affairs official that foreign Catholic priests working in Belarus often break the law, Forum 18 News Service notes. “They don’t like our country, our laws and authorities. In such cases we don’t prolong their stay in our country,” […]

Lithuanian fascists march beneath swastikas near execution site of 10,000 Jews

“This march is particularly offensive because it is taking place where locals and Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Jews in one day.” Approximately 500 ultra nationalists, some bearing Nazi swastikas, marched through a Lithuanian city that during the Holocaust saw the region’s most effective massacre of Jews. Monday’s march through Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city 60 […]

Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue Teacher at Chabad Preschool Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine; Rockets Land Near Synagogue

Irina Shelkayeba was cooking supper last night in her apartment in Donetsk when a rocket slammed into her apartment, instantly killing her. She was an active member of the Donetsk Jewish community and a teacher in their OhrAvner Preschool, according to Rabbi Aryeh Schvartz, assistant to the community’s chief rabbi. Shelkayeba—whose 30-year-old son lived with […]

Ukraine rebel leader uses anti-Semitic slur to describe country’s leaders

(JTA) — The leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels used an anti-Semitic insult to describe the country’s political leaders. Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, during a news conference on Monday called the country’s leaders “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people.” “I can’t remember a time when Cossacks were led by people […]

Separatist leader says ‘miserable Jews’ running Ukraine

Ukraine is run by “miserable Jews,” one of the leaders of the Russian-backed insurgency roiling the former Soviet republic told a press conference on Tuesday.Ukrainian nationalist figures of previous generations would roll over in their graves if they could see the current leadership in Kiev, said Alexander Zakharchenko, president of the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic.“Petro […]

Kiev to appoint special envoy to combat anti-Semitism

The announcement came days after representatives of the European Jewish Congress urged the EU to create just such an office. Ukraine will soon appoint an envoy tasked with preventing and combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Last week’s announcement came days before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by the Red Army […]

Jews Struggling to Survive as Fighting Intensifies in Eastern Ukraine

In eastern Ukraine, Jews are scrambling to survive as fighting intensifies between Russian-backed rebels and the Ukraine army. At least nine people were killed this morning (Jan. 22) when a civilian bus was shelled in the city of Donetsk, capital of the province bearing the same name. The Ukraine defense ministry told the BBCthat its […]

UNESCO Holocaust exhibition nixed following Latvian protests

Riga officials said to object on grounds exposition on children in the Salaspils concentration camp would damage their country’s image Latvian officials prevented the opening of an exhibition about the Holocaust that Russia wanted to host at a United Nations building. The exposition, titled “Stolen childhood: Holocaust victims Seen by Child Inmates of Salaspils Nazi […]

Russia: Government against Rights Groups

In 2012 Russia’s parliament adopted a law that required nongovernmental organizations (NGO)s to register as “foreign agents” with the Ministry of Justice if they engage in “political activity” and receive foreign funding. The definition of “political activity” under the law is so broad and vague that it can extend to all aspects of advocacy and human rights work. […]