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 […]

Security Report: Tsarnaev Sought Insurgents Near 2014 Olympic Site

Read more at: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/security-report-tsarnaev-sought-insurgents-near-2014-olympic-site/2014/01/21/   When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred last April 15, most commentators split along two positions. The first position was that it was an act of foreign terrorism. The second, and this one grew louder and stronger, was that this was a vicious act by a “lone wolf” whose religion and ideology […]

Rights Groups Criticize Moscow’s Ban On U.S. Journalist

http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-satter-rights-groups-criticism/25232382.html Rights organizations have been criticizing Russia’s banning of a U.S. journalist from the country for five years. Reporters Without Borders said on January 16 that it was “shocked” by Moscow’s decision to ban David Satter for overstaying his visa “especially as the offense seems to have been the result of the foreign ministry’s own […]

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 […]

Nobel Laureates Urge Putin to Abolish Anti-Gay Law

LONDON (AP) — Actor Ian McKellen and 27 Nobel laureates have written an open letter urging Russia’s president to repeal an anti-gay law and expressing their solidarity with critics of the legislation. The letter — published Tuesday by the Independent newspaper — comes in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, which have been the focus […]

Moscow expels Putin critic US journalist for coverage of Ukraine protests

U.S. journalist David Satter, a longtime critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said Jan. 13 he had been banned from the country in one of the first such expulsions since the Cold War. Satter, a former Financial Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent who published three books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, had been living and working in the […]

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 […]

Fury Over Biographical Stalin Calendar Published by Orthodox Church

by Anna Dolgov A publishing house run by the Russian Orthodox Church has released a 2014 calendar devoted to Josef Stalin, unleashing a flurry of indignation among Russian bloggers and a discussion about the Church’s ties to the former Soviet dictator. The calendar, published by the Moscow-based patriarchal printing house of the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius monastery, presents pictures of Stalin, accompanied by excerpts from his biography. The photographs show Stalin […]