Ukraine

Ukrainian PM tells rabbi: we will protect you

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 20, 2014

Ukraine’s acting prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has assured the Jewish community that the new government will do more to protect them.

A recent spate of antisemitic attacks has been blamed on both an upsurge of nationalism following last month’s Maidan revolution and an attempt by pro-Russian elements to create “provocations”.

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Ukrainian rabbi stabbed in antisemitic attack

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2014

A senior Ukrainian rabbi has been stabbed in what appears to be an antisemitic attack in Kiev.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen was knifed in his legs and back as two unidentified attackers called him a “Zyhd” (Jew).

Rabbi Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine, an emergency services organisation, was treated in Kiev hospital and is now recovering at home.

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Ukrainian Rabbis come out against Russia

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 14, 2014

World leaders are scratching their heads in an effort to divine Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move. How far will he go? Will he annex Crimea? Will he send his troops further into eastern Ukraine?

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Jewish leaders have made a brave joint decision to overcome their disunity and publicly support the new government in Kiev.

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Danger looms in Crimea for Ukrainian Jews

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community has appealed for help in the wake of the turmoil following the overturn of the government and invasion by Russia.

Rabbi Misha Kapustin, head of the Reform movement in Crimea, said the situation in Simferopol was becoming more threatening by the day.

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Revolution unleashes new fears in Kiev

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 27, 2014

Ukraine’s Jews are torn over how to respond to a rise in antisemitic attacks and a victorious revolutionary force that has racists in its ranks.

The opposition groups that ousted the government last weekend included two openly antisemitic parties.

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Ukraine protesters call on Jewish oligarchs to give president ‘a gun’

By Daniel Easterman, February 21, 2014

A member of Ukraine’s opposition movement has called on Jewish and Muslim billionaire businessmen to force the president, Victor Yanukovich, to step down.

In a speech in Kiev’s Independence Square, the unnamed protester, who said he was Muslim, urged Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Victor Pinchuk and David Zhvania - oligarchs with links to the protest movement - to talk to the president.

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Ukrainian Jews voice fears over safety

By Simon Round, February 21, 2014

Ukrainian Jews have voiced concern for their country’s future in the wake of the protests sweeping the country.

Journalist and photographer Alexander Shulman told the JC that the instability has already prompted antisemitism in Ukraine. “There have been attacks near yeshivas and synagogues. These have been provocations on both sides of the conflict in order to attract attention abroad.”

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Rabbi trying to heal Ukraine

By Daniel Easterman, December 19, 2013

How did an American-born Chasidic rabbi end up on the team seeking to solve the political crisis in the Ukraine?

Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, who was asked to join a committee that is engaged in talks with anti-government protesters, explained that people have far more trust in their religious leaders than politicians.

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Ukrainian community: boycott us

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

Leaders of the Ukrainian Jewish community have asked the Jewish Agency (Jafi) to boycott the Ukraine by cancelling its board of governors meeting due to be held in Kiev this June.

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TV founder escapes bomb attack in Kiev

By Nissan Tzur, March 7, 2013

Vadim Rabinovich, a businessman, philanthropist and president of the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress, narrowly avoided an attempt on his life in Kiev on Monday.

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