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Ukrainian legislator toasts Adolf Hitler

A video of a Ukrainian opposition lawmaker saluting Adolf Hitler made its way online this weekend, only days after his country’s president apologized for Ukrainian collaborators’ role in the Holocaust during a state visit to Israel. In the video, Artyom Vitko, the former commander of the government backed Luhansk-1 Battalion and now a member of […]

PM Netanyahu to Ukrainian President Poroshenko during special Knesset session: ”We appreciate your efforts to protect the rights of your country`s Jews in the face of anti-Semitism”

During Wednesday`s special Knesset session in honor of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said ”Like you, we are an ancient nation, but our country is young, and we want to experience the future together while cooperating in [the fields of] culture, technology and medicine.” Netanyahu mentioned that at the end of next […]

Ukrainian president to ‘Post’: We do not allow Russia to affect our ties with Israel

Petro Poroshenko declines to comment on a statement by his Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, asserting that vandalism against Jewish sites were meant to “destabilize” Ukraine. Both Jerusalem and Kiev face similar existential challenges from their neighbors, visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asserted Tuesday during an official state visit. Although Israel and Ukraine have different histories, […]

Ukrainians erect monument to ‘national heroes’ who killed Uman’s Jews in 18th century

Residents of Uman earlier this month unveiled the statue to Ivan Gonta and Maxim Zheleznyakov, who carried out a pogrom, which killed between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews. Kiev, Ukraine. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons) Ukrainian Jews are outraged over the erection of a monument to the perpetrators of an eighteenth century massacre that killed thousands of their […]

Revisiting Rabin’s ancestral home in Ukraine – 20 years after the assassination

Limmud FSU founder located the birthplace of late prime minister’s father, even though the Rabin family thought it impossible. A memorial tablet carrying the bronze image of Nechemia Rabin flanked by his two children, Yitzhak and Rachel. (photo credit:Courtesy) SYDOROVYCHI, Ukraine – Four days ago, on November 4, exactly on the 20th anniversary of the […]

Xenophobia and Hate Crimes in Ukraine

Human rights advocates on xenophobia in Ukraine: situation stable; some factors cause for concern The National Minority Rights Monitoring Group has published the quarterly midline report on manifestations of xenophobia in Ukraine in July-September 2015. According to the results of the Group’s monitoring of minority rights violations, xenophobia, and hate crimes, the situation in Ukraine […]

Top rebel leader accuses Jews of masterminding Ukrainian revolution

Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian university last week. Ukraine’s Jews are responsible for the Euromaidan revolution that ousted their country’s pro-Russian president last year, a senior rebel leader told an audience at a Russian […]

Vandals paint swastika on Ukrainian Holocaust monument

(JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Ukraine was vandalized with a red swastika that the perpetrators painted over a Star of David symbol. The vandalism in Nikopol, an eastern Ukrainian city located 60 miles from Dnepropetrovsk, occurred on June 16, according to a report Tuesday by the Federation of Jewish Communities of Ukraine.  {To see photo, click on http://www.fjc.org.ua/templates/blog/post.asp?aid=1165328&postid=55015&p=1 – […]

Ukrainian Jewish billionaire resigns as governor amid dispute with president

(JTA) — The Ukrainian Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky resigned as governor of the Dnepropetrovsk region amid a dispute with President Petro Poroshenko over control of two state-owned firms. Kolomoisky, who has poured millions of his own wealth into preparing Ukraine’s army to fight against Russia, sent Poroshenko his resignation letter late last week, the news […]

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 […]