Ukraine plans museum to commemorate Babi Yar

Ukraine plans museum to commemorate Babi Yar By Julie Masis, January 7, 2016 One of the memorial sculptures A museum will be built in Ukraine next year to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the biggest single Holocaust massacres, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital announced last week. “Since we understand that the world […]

Ukraine Tells Israel It May Prosecute Shas MK Who Visited Crimea

Ukraine Tells Israel It May Prosecute Shas MK Who Visited Crimea Israeli lawmaker Yakov Margi allegedly violated Ukrainian law by meeting with the president of the Russian-installed government without Kiev’s permission. The Ukrainian government informed Israel Thursday night that it is considering indicting MK Yakov Margi (Shas) over his visit to the Crimean peninsula, which […]

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan By: David Israel Azerbaijan Photo Credit: Francisco Anzola The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), on Wednesday hosted a delegation of the Azeri National Assembly’s International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Committee, and Hanegbi welcomed the guests and stressed that […]

For Kiev’s Jewish refugees, little thought about tomorrow

For Kiev’s Jewish refugees, little thought about tomorrow by Sam Sokol Around 11,000 Jews lived in Donetsk, the center of the current insurgency, prior to the outbreak of hostilities two years ago, but after two years of grueling conflict, just over 2,000 remain.   KIEV – The ankle-deep mud sucks at my boots as I […]

Lithuania pledges to publish names of 1,000 suspected Holocaust perpetrators

Following the publication in Lithuania of a groundbreaking book on local complicity during the Holocaust, a state museum on genocide said it would publish a list of 1,000 suspected perpetrators. Terese Birute Burauskaite, who heads the Vilnius-based Genocide and Resistance Research Center of Lithuania, said her institution would “this year try to publish a book” […]

Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sues Russia

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Ukrainian-Jewish billionaire Igor Kolomoisky sued Russia in an international court over his inability to operate an airport in Crimea. The Permanent Court of Arbitration, a Hague-based intergovernmental organization with 117 member states, announced Wednesday that it would review the lawsuit, Reuters reported. Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian nationalist who funded military actions in the Ukraine-Russia […]

Immigration From Former Soviet Union to Israel Higher in 2015 Than Any Year in Past Decade

Rising inflation, a falling ruble, Western sanctions and a tense security situation have led many to search for a better life in Israel. by Lee Yaron This year brought more immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union than any year in the past decade, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said Tuesday. Immigrants from these […]

Jewish politician on trial in Ukraine invokes blood libel

In 1913, the Russian empire and the world stood rapt as Mendel Beilis, a Jewish factory worker, fought for his life in a Kiev courtroom. Accused of murdering a Christian child in order to use his blood for Passover matzot, Beilis was eventually exonerated, despite the Czarist government’s efforts to ensure a conviction. The affair, […]

New chief rabbis appointed for Vilna and Lithuania

Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson appointed by unanimous vote of European Council for Rabbis. By Yoni Kempinski First Publish: 1/31/2016 In an unanimous vote by the European Council of Rabbis, Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson have been selected as the new chief rabbis of Lithuania and Vilna. Following the appointment, Rabbi Pinchas […]