Lithuania’s Shoah whitewash project

Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem has said the Lithuanian authorities were “very culpable. A derelict shul in Vilnius (Getty Images) The Lithuanian parliamentary ombudsman, Augustinas Normantas, has refused to open an investigation into a complaint that his country’s Genocide and Resistance Centre presents a revisionist version of wartime history. Instead, the ombudsman […]

War in Donbass continues to drive Ukrainians to Israel

March 28, 2017 Immigrants arrive in Israel, seeking a better life in Promised Land. Ukrainians immigrants arrive in Israel. (photo credit:OLIVIA FITUSSI) Some 230 Ukrainian immigrants landed in Israel on Tuesday morning, the latest in a steady stream from the country, which has suffered from a crippled economy since the War in Donbass broke out […]

US Chabad rabbi loses appeal against deportation from Russia

Local Lubavitch leader calls it a ‘dark day’ for Jews as emissary in Sochi deemed threat to national security By JTA March 29, 2017 Ari Edelkopf and wife Chana in 2009 in Sochi, Russia. (Courtesy of Federation of Jewish Communities) A Russian appeals court affirmed an expulsion order issued against an American rabbi working in […]

Thousands Of Russians Take To Streets In Biggest Anti-government Protests In Years

Thousands turned out in Moscow and other cities in protest, demanding the prime minister’s resignation. Police arrested organizer, anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny. LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Thousands of Russians have taken to the streets of Moscow and other cities in the biggest anti-government protests in years. The demonstrators were demanding the resignation of the country’s prime […]

Russia’s Protests Explained: Why Rubber Ducks, Sneakers Are at Demonstrations

by ALEXEY EREMENKO MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has not dipped below 80 percent in years. And yet police detained more than 1,000 people in Moscow on Sunday during an unexpected surge of street protests that spanned 82 Russian cities — with demonstrators carrying sneakers, rubber ducks and painting their faces green. […]

Preparing for Passover in Ukraine’s last shtetl

By Cnaan LiphshizMarch 21, 2017 Bronia Feldman visiting the synagogue of Bershad, Ukraine, March 9, 2017. (Cnaan Liphshiz) BERSHAD, Ukraine (JTA) — At first glance, this drab town 160 miles south of Kiev seems nearly identical to the settlements that dot the poverty-stricken district of Vinnitsa. Shrouded in a seemingly permanent cloud of smoke from wood fires […]

RUSSIA: Jehovah’s Witness activity largely halted

By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 Russia has summarily suspended most Jehovah’s Witness activities. UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai told Forum 18: “The Russian government is claiming that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are an extremist group, but in fact it’s their move to ban them outright that appears to be extreme.” As Jehovah’s Witnesses await a Supreme […]

Ukraine’s leader in the fight against Jew-hate bends Holocaust history

Borys Zakharchuk has been appointed by Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry as its first Special Representative for preventing and combating antisemitism, racism and xenophobia. Babyn Yar Memorial Complex in Kyiv. (Photo by Sergii Kharchenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Last week, a statue went up in Kiev. Such an occurrence would not normally be worth noting but, in this […]

Lithuania: Take a stick and beat the Jew-thing

Lithuanian city holds end-of-winter festival, sends anti-Semitic invitations. The mayor of a Lithuanian city invited residents to a party in honor of a local holiday – and included anti-Semitism on the invitation. During the holiday, local residents “chase away” the winter, but Jewish residents of the town say the anti-Semitic undertones grow stronger every year, […]

Students and spectators coopted and paid to celebrate annexation of the Crimea

For the students it was a “obligated holiday.” Flyers promised 400 rubles “for three hours of work”, actually to participate in the “Anniversary celebrations.” Several representatives of political parties and nationalist movements have repeated the proposal to make March 18 an official holiday, and – to the glory of the Crimean referendum – a fixed […]