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    Ukraine strips assets, medals from Jewish singer who backed Putin
    May29

    Ukraine strips assets, medals from Jewish singer who backed Putin

    (JTA) — Ukraine revoked all its honors for a well-known singer and politician who had survived the Holocaust and froze his assets over his support for Russian control in Crimea. The presidential decree stripping Iosif Kobzon, 80, of his many state honors and freezing all his assets in Ukraine was posted on the website of the president of Ukraine...

    Reports on tensions around Israel’s hosting of Eurovision just ‘speculation,’ organizers say
    May25

    Reports on tensions around Israel’s hosting of Eurovision just ‘speculation,’ organizers say

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Eurovision organizers have dismissed as “speculation” reports of political tensions over Israel’s hosting of the song contest next year. The organizers said this week in an email to JTA that they are finalizing the event with Israeli officials. They declined to explain why on Tuesday, they warned followers of the official...

    Ukrainian mayor, diplomat caught engaging in anti-Semitic rhetoric
    May15

    Ukrainian mayor, diplomat caught engaging in anti-Semitic rhetoric

    (JTA) — Amid international pressure on Ukraine over its perceived tolerance to anti-Semitism, a local mayor and a diplomat were documented engaging hate speech against Jews. The mayor of the village of Skole, located 60 miles southwest of Lviv, inveighed against Jews during a recent lecture before city councilmen, Eduard Dolinsky, director of the...

    How Israel overcame politics in winning the Eurovision song contest
    May15

    How Israel overcame politics in winning the Eurovision song contest

    Netta Barzilai, the winner of this year’s Eurovision contest, performing at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, May 14, 2018. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90) (JTA) — Hours before the Eurovision song contest’s kickoff, Rafi Kishon posted on Facebook a sobering message and a picture of himself wearing a head of lettuce for a hat. Israel’s entrant,...

    Prominent Ukrainian rabbi inaugurates prayer for Trump’s success
    May11

    Prominent Ukrainian rabbi inaugurates prayer for Trump’s success

    (JTA) — The rabbi of Ukraine’s largest synagogue inaugurated a prayer for the success of President Donald Trump in defending Israel and the United States. Rabbi Moshe Azman, one of Ukraine’s chief rabbis, announced the prayer on Thursday on the website of this congregation, which based at the Brodsky Synagogue in the capital Kiev. It...

    Why a gory Holocaust film is a blockbuster in Russia
    May10

    Why a gory Holocaust film is a blockbuster in Russia

    Christopher Lambert, right, portraying a German Nazi officer in “Sobibor.” (Courtesy of Rosiya Segondiya) (JTA) — A decade ago, relatively few people in Russia even knew about the existence of Sobibor, the smallest-scale facility of the six killing centers that the Nazis built in occupied Poland. This relative obscurity persisted for decades in...

    Ukrainian president condemns intolerance and anti-Semitism
    May07

    Ukrainian president condemns intolerance and anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine condemned “any manifestations of intolerance and anti-Semitism” in his country following a series of neo-Nazi and other recent anti-Semitic events there. Poroshenko posted the statement Friday on his Facebook page. The anti-Semitic events in Ukraine include a march in Lviv to commemorate the World War...

    Putin invites descendants of Sobibor rebellion to celebration marking Nazis’ defeat
    May02

    Putin invites descendants of Sobibor rebellion to celebration marking Nazis’ defeat

    (JTA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited to the Moscow parade commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany the families of Jewish partisans who rebelled at the Sobibor death camp. Putin’s office invited 12 people related to seven rebels at Sobibor to the Victory Day march May 9 in his nation’s capital. His office is paying...

    Congressmen’s letter on Ukraine anti-Semitism may be Russian conspiracy, Jewish leader suggests
    May02

    Congressmen’s letter on Ukraine anti-Semitism may be Russian conspiracy, Jewish leader suggests

    (JTA) — A leader of Ukrainian Jews suggested that recent criticism of his country by 57 U.S. congressmen was part of an orchestrated campaign, possibly paid for by Russia. Josef Zissels, chairman of the Vaad Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Ukraine, was quoted as saying this by the state-run National News Agency of Ukraine,...

    Nazi symbols, salutes on display at Ukrainian nationalist march
    Apr30

    Nazi symbols, salutes on display at Ukrainian nationalist march

    (JTA) — Hundreds of people in the Ukrainian city of Lviv attended a nationalist march featuring Nazi symbols that commemorated a Waffen SS unit with many local volunteers. Eduard Dolinsky, director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, condemned the march Saturday honoring the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, or the 1st Galician, as “a...

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