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Crimean Karaites say they’re Jews, but told the tsars and Nazis otherwise

Crimean Karaites say they’re Jews, but told the tsars and Nazis otherwise

KIEV — Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the strategically critical peninsula that dangles from Ukraine into the Black Sea, has drawn international condemnation.

But for the leader of the All-Ukrainian Organization of Crimean Karaites — a group with an unusual heritage — joining Russia is a welcome development.

“In Crimea, the majority of Karaites support annexation to Russia, and voted for it,” Vladimir Ormeli, the group’s head, told JTA. “Culture and people connect us with Russia, more than Ukraine. But this is a complicated conversation.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 13:14 )

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Jewish president of Ukraine?

Jewish president of Ukraine?KIEV — Ukrainian Jewish businessman Vadim Rabinovich announced his candidacy for president of Ukraine in the May elections. Rabinovich, 61, the owner and co-founder of Jewish News One and co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament, made the announcement during an interview Tuesday, March 25, for the Vesti.ua news website and online radio service. In the interview, which Rabinovich posted on his Facebook page, he said Ukraine should become a neutral nation, with a small professional army base...
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Are Jews Putin’s political cover?

Are Jews Putin’s political cover?MOSCOW — When even Russian policemen had to pass security checks to enter the Sochi Winter Olympics, Rabbi Berel Lazar was waved in without ever showing his ID. Lazar, a Chabad-affiliated chief rabbi of Russia, was invited to the opening ceremony of the games last month by President Vladimir Putin’s office. But since the event was on Shabbat, Lazar initially declined the invitation, explaining he was prevented from carrying documents, among other religious restrictions. So Putin ordered hi...
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New suspect in Burgas bus attack

SOFIA — A third suspect has been identified in the bombing of a tour bus in Burgas that killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver. The new suspect announced on Feb. 20, 2014 was not named. The two suspects previous- ly identified in the July, 2012 bombing are believed to be in Lebanon. They are Meliad Farah, a 32-year-old Australian also known as Hussein Hussein, and Hassan el-Hajj Hassan, a 25-year-old Canadian. Both are said to be associated with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based t...

Ukraine Jews hunkering down

Ukraine Jews hunkering downKIEV — The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge. After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital and parliament installed an interim leader to take the still-contested reins of power. Like their compatriots, Ukraine’s Jews are waiting to see what the future holds for their country, but with the added fear that they could become targets amid the chaos. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:59 )

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