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Back from the dead: a Ukrainian model for world Jewry

Dnepropetrovsk’s 600,000 sq ft Menorah Centre, approached by night, looks for all the world like the lurid, self-aggrandising dream of an eastern oligarch. Rising out of largely neglected city streets, it is, literally, a vast menorah, with the glass outhouses that crown each of its seven towers illuminated each day of the week to represent […]

Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

By day, the Maidan, Kiev’s revolutionary square, is a jumble of tents, flags and half-demolished barricades. The anti-government groups who led the resistance are selling hot tea to passers-by, their burning rubber tyres having given way to makeshift stoves. Stalls display martyr badges and scarves in Ukrainian colours: the revolution is already being commodified. By […]

Meylakh Sheykhet – A fight for the Jewish heritage in Lviv

Meylakh Sheykhet is the person that cannot be ignored in Lviv concerning the Jewish life. As the representative of the Union of Councils for the Jews of the Former Soviet Union in Ukraine, he acts to the promotion of the democracy in the country. His action stretches on various fields as the defense of the […]

Ukrainian Jews slam Putin in full-page ad in New York Times

NEW YORK (JTA) — Leading Ukrainian Jews took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times slamming Russian President Vladimir Putin for maligning the treatment of Jews in Ukraine. The ad, which also appeared in Canada’s National Post, Israel’s daily Haaretz and the International New York Times, is addressed to Putin and accuses him […]

Ukraine’s Phantom Neo-Nazi Menace

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/03/ukraines-phantom-neo-nazi-menace/359650/ by David Frum KIEV, Ukraine—“When was the last time you personally experienced anti-Semitism?” I asked the executive director of the organized Jewish community for the city of Kiev. He gave me a puzzled look. “You mean, called me a Zhid or something like that?” “Anything.” He thought for a moment. “Back in Soviet times.” I put […]

Ukraine: Russia faces ‘growing isolation’ says Cameron

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-26729260   The decision to axe the G8 summit shows Russia faces “growing political isolation”, David Cameron has said. The UK prime minister said world leaders were sending the “clearest possible” message that Moscow’s actions in annexing Crimea were unacceptable. The US and UK have said the G8 will be “hard to revive” in the […]

Visiting Kiev’s wounded in Jerusalem

by Jeremy Borovitz (JTA)- Artem Zaptotski, from Lutsk, in western Ukraine, sits in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, sharing his room with a French Hasid. Seeing that I speak Hebrew and wear a kippah, the Hasid asks if he should encourage Zaptotski to put on tefillin. No, I tell him. Zaptotski isn’t Jewish. In fact, he […]

Why US sanctions could play into Putin’s hand

The new round of US sanctions slapped on Russia over Crimea Thursday may already be taking a toll on Russia’s economy. But how effective the measures will be in curbing Russia’s aggressive policies remains a controversial question. In fact, the Kremlin leadership could have planned for the sanctions in a way that would mute their immediate impact on their intended targets, Russian President […]

It’s time to stop Putin

by Gary Kasparov, Washington Post When Vladi­mir Putin formally annexed Crimea this week, he acted in defiance of the predictions of many pundits, politicians and so-called experts. Perhaps Putin was not impressed by their sound reasoning and elegant discourse on how his invasion and annexation threatened Russia’s interests. But the main problem with the West’s “Putin would […]

Crimea annexation frightens Patriarch of Moscow

by Vladimir Rozanskij Moscow (AsiaNews) – When last March 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the federal parliament in impassioned defense of Great Russia, to justify the annexation of the Crimea, the expressions on the faces of the front rows of the assembly betrayed an unusual concern. Amid the Imam’s turban and the rabbi’s hat, […]