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4 arrested in beating of Chabad rabbi in Ukraine

October 19, 2016 (JTA) – Police in Ukraine arrested four suspects, including two teenagers, in the beating of a rabbi in the western city of Zhitomir earlier this month. The suspects in the Oct. 7 beating of Mendel Deitsch, 63, were apprehended Sunday at a bus station in the city, which they planned to flee […]

Gorbachev Says Tensions Between U.S., Russia At ‘Dangerous Point’

October 11, 2016 – RFE/RL Former Soviet leader and Nobel laureate Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the world has reached a “dangerous point” as tensions between Russia and the United States have soared over the Syria conflict. Relations between Moscow and Washington — already at a post-Cold War low over the Ukraine conflict — have […]

Dwindling at home, Central Asia’s Bukharian Jews thrive in Diaspora

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (JTA) — As a new immigrant with little savings and no guaranteed income, Mikhail Davidov had no hope of getting a mortgage to buy the $900,000 house in Queens, New York, he now calls home. Luckily for Davidov, a 42-year-old hairdresser who immigrated to New York six years ago from Uzbekistan, he never […]

Rabbi Attacked in Ukraine Airlifted to Israel in Serious but Stable Condition

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch is undergoing treatment at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 8, 2016 Rabbi Mendel Deitsch JERUSALEM—A Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi who was found badly beaten in the central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, on Friday was airlifted to Israel by emergency medical transport, and remains in serious but stable condition at […]

American pastor’s ministry facing closure under Russia’s new anti-evangelism law

Lorraine Caballero      05 October, 2016 12:10 PM An American pastor’s ministry in Russia is facing its end after he was charged with violating the country’s anti-evangelism law under its new anti-terror legislation. Donald Ossewaarde, 55, is the first American who has been charged under Russia’s new anti-terror laws. The “Yarovaya” legislation has a […]

Rabbi Brutally Beaten in Zhitomir, Ukraine

Jewish community asks for prayers; motive for the attack remains unknown By Chabad.org Staff   |   October 7, 2016 The central train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine, where a Chabad rabbi was attacked on Friday morning. (Google Photo) A rabbi was found badly beaten this morning in the western Ukrainian city of Zhitomir. With the onset of Shabbat there, Jewish community […]

At Babi Yar Memorial, a Tenor of Somber Acknowledgement

As ceremonies in Kiev commemorating the victims of the Babi Yar massacre draw to a close, a number of speeches by Ukrainian dignitaries have brought the atrocity into a clear, historical focus By Vladislav Davidzon September 30, 2016 Though the Babi Yar 75th anniversary commemoration events in Kiev are slated to continue for at least […]

When will Lithuania’s government face the truth about the Holocaust?

By Efraim Zuroff September 29, 2016 A child in Lithuania marking the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust at a ceremony in Veliucionys, on the outskirts of Vilna, one of the most neglected of the 227 mass graves of Holocaust victims in the country, Sept. 23, 2016. (Daiva Šniukaite) (JTA) — Residents of Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania’s […]

UCSJ REPORT: HATE CRIMES IN THE UKRAINE

Link to Word Document Report: xenophobia_in_ukraine_2015_eng_ed Congress of National Communities of Ukraine National Minority Rights Monitoring Group Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union TWO YEARS OF WAR: Xenophobia in Ukraine in 2015 Informational and Analytical Report Based on Monitoring Results   Report compiled by Vyacheslav Likhachev   Kyiv 2016 Introduction   The […]

Rivlin addresses Ukraine Parliament 75 years after Babi Yar

President Rivlin: ‘We must not play a part in the sin of forgetting or denial. Leaders who support anti-Semitic ideas won’t be welcomed.’ Arutz Sheva Staff, 27/09/16   President Rivlin inspects honor guard in Ukraine Photo: Haim Zach / GPO President Reuven Rivlin today (Tuesday) addressed a special plenary of the Ukrainian Parliament marking 75 […]