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Three Jews Among Those Killed in Ukraine Uprising

Balaclava-clad far-right paramilitaries fire into the air at the funeral in Ukraine of an anti-government protestor. This is not a tribute to a fellow right-wing nationalist, but to a Jewish construction worker, Alexander Scherbanyuk. Of the approximately 100 people killed during the protests in Kiev that swept Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich from power in February, three […]

Ukrainian Jewish leaders blame Russia for anti-Semitic ‘provocations’

by Sam Sokol An attack on a Ukrainian rabbi over the weekend was a provocation, intended as a “justification for the continuation of Russian aggression” in Crimea, one Ukrainian Jewish leader asserted on Saturday. Such violence serves to “discredit the new government of Ukraine,” Josef Zissels, chairman of the Vaad of Ukraine and a vice president of […]

Ukraine crisis: Moscow rally opposes Crimea intervention

Holding Russian and Ukrainian flags, they shouted: “The occupation of Crimea is Russia’s disgrace.” A smaller pro-Moscow rally was being held elsewhere. Moscow supports the vote, which Ukraine and the West have dismissed as illegal. Kiev says Russian “provocateurs” are behind clashes in eastern Ukraine. Three people have died in pro- and anti-Moscow rallies in […]

Ukrainian Catholics fear ‘new oppression’ after Russian takeover

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because […]

Kiev rabbi assaulted in suspected anti-Semitic attack

Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi in Kiev on Thursday in a suspected anti-Semitic attack. The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen, who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization, on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA. “They struck him in the leg, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, calling him a ‘zyhd,’ she […]

Christian donors to give more than $1M in crisis aid to Ukraine Jews

(JTA) — A charity organization funded by Christians has pledged over $1 million in emergency funding for Ukrainian Jews. Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, made the announcement about the extra funding for Ukraine during a trip he concluded on Thursday to the Eastern European nation. “We’re pledging $10 […]

Khodorkovsky tells Russians and Ukrainians to talk

by Vladimir Rozanskij Moscow (AsiaNews) – As a relative calm prevails in Ukraine after the epic revolution in Maidan (Independence) Square and Russia’s clumsy showdown in the Crimea, the most interesting event was undoubtedly the ‘Mikhail Khodorkovsky show,’ as Russian media dubbed it, in Kyiv last week. The former oligarch and oil magnate, now also […]

Anti-Semitism Envoy Blasts Russian Effort To Play Ukraine ‘Jewish Card’

WASHINGTON — He may lack the cachet and recognition of the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, but in the federal government’s sprawling bureaucracy, Ira Forman is the only official tasked with identifying and addressing anti-Semitism worldwide on behalf of the United States. Now, suddenly, with Ukraine in crisis, Forman’s usually low-profile brief is front and center, as […]

Jewish Voices From Crimea: ‘Living in Readiness’

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – Two weeks after the fall of the regime in the Ukraine, and as the reports of Russian military advancement in Crimea intensify, the situation in the region continues to remain unstable and flammable. The interim government in the Ukraine has issued new laws, many of them with a nationalistic orientation, creating unrest […]

How Many “Chief Rabbis” Does Ukraine Have?

In the ongoing coverage of the turmoil, and the discussion of what it all means for the country’s Jews, you may, confusingly, have seen a number of people referred to as Ukraine’s “chief rabbi.” On one side, there’s Moshe Reuven Asman, who caused quite a bit of international consternation with his call for Kiev’s Jews to “leave the city center or […]