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UCSJ REPORT: 2017 UKRAINE ANTISEMITISM REPORT

Manifestations of Antisemitism in Ukraine Monitoring results from January-June 2017   Vyacheslav Likhachev   Violence   There were no known cases of violence on the grounds of antisemitism in January-June 2017. There was one physical confrontation on the grounds of antisemitism, which is described below; however, as it did not end in physical violence towards […]

UCSJ: Meylakh Sheykhet responded to my posting of the 7/30/17 Jerusalem Post article, “Antisemitic Graffiti Targets WZO in Ukraine”

Meylakh Sheykhet responded to my posting of the 7/30/17 Jerusalem Post article, “Antisemitic Graffiti Targets WZO in Ukraine”.  WZO is the World Zionist Organization.         Meylakh writes:  “The WZO is little-known in Ukraine, so how come the anti-semitic graffiti mentions them?          “It is true that mass graves and Jewish cemeteries are vandalized in Ukraine daily.  It’s […]

UCSJ UPDATE

We had a great result on July 12th.  With much support of Deputy Y. Shuchevich, his assistance in the Ukrainian parliament (in Ukrainian, Verkhovna Rada), lawyers for UCSJ and I successfully brought to the parliament’s Committee of Culture and Conscience’s attention the illegal clauses inserted in the proposed chances to the Law of Cultural Heritage […]

Ukraine Report

 For those of you who still don’t know, our colleague Judy Patkin is an amazing person.  Involved for 40+ years, she transitioned her Boston Action for Soviet Jewry office from advocacy for refuseniks and Prisoners for Zion to assisting needy Jews in Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.  Henry Gerber and I have the privilege of visiting […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

UCSJ REPORT: HATE CRIMES IN THE UKRAINE

  Congress of National Communities of Ukraine National Minority Rights Monitoring Group   Hate crimes in Ukraine in 2015   Vyacheslav Likhachev Chronicle of Hate-Motivated Violence   On the evening of May 17, at about 10PM, a group of approximately 10 people attacked a man of Nigerian descent. The attack was accompanied by insults that targeted […]