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Ukraine chief rabbi accuses Russians of staging anti-Semitic ‘provocations’

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, accused Russia of staging anti-Semitic “provocations” in Crimea in order to justify its invasion of the former Soviet republic. At a press conference in the Manhattan office of the United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe, Bleich compared Russia’s behavior to that of […]

Jewish community center, synagogue firebombed in Ukraine

A Jewish community center and synagogue were firebombed in Ukraine late Monday, according to the Chabad Lubavitch organization. Fears that the tumult in Ukraine would place the Jewish community in harm’s way appeared to be realized late Monday, when Chabad, the religious outreach program which has managed to create a global presence, said that Molotov cocktails were hurled […]

Russia Hate on Rise — But Not Against Jews

Bigotry and Violence Aimed at Gay Men and Central Asians by Paul Berger Just three weeks before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, two dozen Russian reporters, photographers and cameramen squeezed into the spartan first-floor office of the Independent Press Center in Moscow, a five-minute walk from the capital’s main Orthodox church, […]

VAAD Ukraine Statement on Current Situation in Kyiv

VAAD Ukraine expresses its deep concern about the anti-Semitic attacks that took place in Kyiv in January: the attacks on a Yeshiva (a Jewish religious school) teacher and student who were leaving the Podil Rozenberg synagogue after prayer. We demand that law enforcement bodies adequately determine the nature of these crimes (including their motives of […]

Jewish school teacher beaten in Ukraine

The CEO of the World Jewish Congress said on Wednesday that the beating of a Jewish man in Kiev, Ukraine, which local leaders believe was sparked by anti-Semitism, was a “vicious act that must not go unpunished.” The statement from Robert Singer came shortly before prominent Ukrainian Jewish lawmaker Oleksandr Feldman called for a security […]

Hebrew teacher assaulted in possible anti-Semitic attack in Kiev

(JTA) A Hebrew teacher in Kiev was assaulted in what Jewish community representatives described as a rare and violent anti-Semitic attack. Four men ambushed the Israel-born teacher, Hillel Wertheimer, on Saturday night at his apartment building after following him home from synagogue services, according to Joseph Zissels, chairman of the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations […]

Growing xenophobia may spur inter-ethnic tensions – Public Chamber experts

A draft report of the Russian Public Chamber, “On the Status of Russia’s Civil Society”, affirms a growth of aggressive xenophobia in the country. “Aggressive xenophobia is a serious challenge to contemporary Russia. Xenophobia reached its peak in 2013, according to a survey of the Levada Center, which said that 70-80 percent of the Russian […]

Russian priest suspended over anti-Semitic pejorative

(JTA) — Russian church officials suspended a priest for using an anti-Semitic pejorative while baptizing a girl. The two-month ban on Andrey Evstigneeva was announced earlier this month on the website of the Diocese of Saratov, a city 450 miles southeast of Moscow. It followed complaints by the family and the Russian Jewish Congress, the […]

Report: Ukrainian police tortured, urinated on Jewish man

ODESSA, Ukraine (JTA) – Investigators in Lviv are looking into claims that two policemen assaulted and urinated on a Jewish man as part of an anti-Semitic attack, Ukrainian media reported. The alleged victim, Dmitry Flekman, 28, told the Ukrainian newspaper Segondiya that two men, who identified themselves as police but did not give their names, […]