Report: Armed men threatened to burn down Ukrainian rabbi’s home

(JTA) — Armed, masked men threatened to burn down the house of one of Ukraine’s chief rabbis, a spokeswoman from his office said. The incident outside the Kiev-area residence of Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich occurred on May 23 at 1:30 a.m., Inna Yoffe, the executive director of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, told Ukrainian media […]

Israel rescues Ukrainian Jews stranded by fighting

Israel’s Jewish Agency came to the rescue of two Jewish Ukranian families after rebels seized control of Donetsk airport as they were waiting to immigrate to Israel, an agency spokesman said on Tuesday.The two families, numbering six people, were stranded at the airport when it was shut down on Monday. The agency then launched a […]

Ukraine’s Jewish leaders celebrate electoral defeat of far right

(JTA) — Jewish leaders in Ukraine expressed satisfaction with the poor showing of ultranationalist candidates in the country’s presidential elections and the victory by oligarch Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko, from Odessa, won 54.4 percent of Sunday’s vote, eliminating the need for a second round, the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission announced Tuesday after counting 94 percent of […]

May 18- 20 in Ukraine

May 18 – 2191 international observers will be monitoring presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25th… May 18 – During the night of May 18th, a motor convoy led by the terrorists is preparing to transport a special load from Ukraine to Russia. “In particular, bodies of terrorists, killed during the fights with Ukrainian soldiers […]

Shaken by Ukraine’s turmoil, Kiev Jews form self-defense force

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — At an empty Chabad school near the banks of the Dnieper River here in Ukraine’s capital city, six uniformed Jews with handguns and bulletproof vests are practicing urban warfare. Leading the May 21 training is a brawny man who at irregular intervals barks Hebrew-language commands at the men to test their […]

At a conference in Kiev, Western writers and thinkers offer support to Ukraine

by Elizabeth Pond https://ip-journal.dgap.org/en/blog/eye-europe/words-encouragementThey came to celebrate, to mourn, and to warn. Over five days in mid-May global glitterati gathered in Kiev to hail the moral victory of Ukraine’s new democrats on Independence Square, the Maidan, who stood their ground even after government snipers killed more than 70 of those protesting the rule by crony […]

Azerbaijan, Poised to Assume European Rights Post, Detains Prominent Human Rights Advocate Leyla Yunus

http://www.azadliq.org/content/article/25365863.html   Authorities in Azerbaijan have detained the country’s most prominent human rights activist, Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus on April, 28.According to witnesses, the couple was at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International airport on the way to Doha when they were stopped by four security agents and taken for questioning.Mehman Aliyev, who was […]

Op-Ed: Support Jews staying in Ukraine

(JTA) — At the end of “Fiddler on the Roof,” the classic musical celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Tevye and his family flee their village of Anatevka for a better and safer life. In reality, however, not everybody left. Today, several hundred thousand Jews still live in Ukraine, where the fictional Anatevka was likely […]

In Eastern Ukraine, Torture Is New Weapon

by Claire Bigg http://www.rferl.org/content/eastern-ukraine-torture-weapon/25387572.html When he ripped down a separatist flag from the main government building in Novohradovka, his hometown in eastern Ukraine, Oleksandr Hurov knew he was in for trouble. Retaliation was quick, and ruthless. Two weeks later, the 36-year-old coalminer lies in a Kyiv hospital with a fractured jaw, a broken nose, a […]