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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 […]

Russian Judge Dismissed for Anti-Semitic Post

A district court judge from Russia’s Udmurtia republic was dismissed from his post this week for posting an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook two years ago.  At the time, Ivan Orsinin uploaded a picture of a burning mosque to hisFacebook page with the following caption: You can look endlessly at three things: flowing water, sparkling stars and a burning mosque.” In a […]

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 – […]

Lithuanian fascists march beneath swastikas near execution site of 10,000 Jews

“This march is particularly offensive because it is taking place where locals and Nazis murdered more than 10,000 Jews in one day.” Approximately 500 ultra nationalists, some bearing Nazi swastikas, marched through a Lithuanian city that during the Holocaust saw the region’s most effective massacre of Jews. Monday’s march through Kaunas, Lithuania’s second-largest city 60 […]

Lithuanian Jews defend cooperation with institution accused of anti-Semitism

The Jewish Community of Lithuania defended its decision to cooperate during Holocaust commemorations with a state-funded institution that is accused of hosting anti-Semitic exhibitions. The defense came in a statement posted Monday on the community’s website in response to a letter that Efraim Zuroff, the director of the Israel office of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, […]

Ukraine rebel leader uses anti-Semitic slur to describe country’s leaders

(JTA) — The leader of Ukraine’s pro-Russian rebels used an anti-Semitic insult to describe the country’s political leaders. Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, during a news conference on Monday called the country’s leaders “miserable representatives of the great Jewish people.” “I can’t remember a time when Cossacks were led by people […]

Kiev to appoint special envoy to combat anti-Semitism

The announcement came days after representatives of the European Jewish Congress urged the EU to create just such an office. Ukraine will soon appoint an envoy tasked with preventing and combating anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Last week’s announcement came days before the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by the Red Army […]

Russia: Government against Rights Groups

In 2012 Russia’s parliament adopted a law that required nongovernmental organizations (NGO)s to register as “foreign agents” with the Ministry of Justice if they engage in “political activity” and receive foreign funding. The definition of “political activity” under the law is so broad and vague that it can extend to all aspects of advocacy and human rights work. […]

Ukraine’s Jews praise easing of Israeli immigration policy

Jewish community leaders from eastern Ukraine on Thursday praised Israel’s decision to ease immigration requirements for refugees fleeing their country’s ongoing civil war, painting the move as a much needed humanitarian gesture. Last week, the Interior Ministry’s Population, Immigration and Borders Authority issued an internal directive relaxing rules requiring certain documents from prospective immigrants from […]

Anti-Semitism in Armenia: a clear and present danger

By Arye Gut/ The conflict in Syria has forced millions to leave their homes, among them many of the country’s Armenian minority. Many have fled and returned to Armenia, a safe haven for ethnic Armenians—much as Israel is for Jews around the world. So it is ironic, given this shared need for a homeland free […]