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  • Israel says Egypt buying advanced Russian air defence system

    1 week ago

    A senior Israeli intelligence official who tracks the regional arms balance said on Wednesday that Egypt was buying Russia's advanced S-300 air defence system, a deal reported in Russian media but not confirmed by Cairo.

    Asked about the Israeli remarks, an Egyptian official...

  • Russian bookstores remove ‘Maus’ over swastika on cover

    3 weeks ago

    Russian bookstores began removing the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Maus” from their shelves due to the large swastika on its cover.

    Concerns about raids by the authorities to remove the symbol ahead of May 9, when Russia will observe 70 years since the victory over the Nazis,...

  • Russia says missile deal with Iran will not happen in near future

    April 23, 2015 | 3:14 pm

    Russia will not sell Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles in the near future, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.
    Russia earlier this month said it would lift its embargo on the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, antagonizing Israel and the United States. The advanced...

  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    April 21, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

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  • Like a Miracle

    April 15, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    And still it is beautiful as a miracle
    This rosy twig of lilac…
    Even in our days
    of evil, terror and dread.

    Even in our street
    when hate swells grand with khutspa
    the little lilac twig stretches out
    to you and to me like a miracle…


    Zusman Segalovitch (1884-1948) was...

  • Israel ‘dismayed’ at S-300 missile deal with Iran

    April 14, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed Israel's "dismay" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at Russia's decision to lift a self-imposed ban on supplying S-300 missiles to Iran.

    A statement from Netanyahu's office said he "expressed Israel's dismay at the decision... (and) told President Putin that this step will only increase Iran's aggression in the region and will destabilize security in the Middle East."

    Putin lifted the ban on delivering the air defense system to Iran on Monday.

  • Russia opens way to missile deliveries to Iran, starts oil-for-goods swap

    April 13, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran.

    The moves come after world powers, including Russia,...

  • Jewish-Christian charity helps Ukrainians move to Israel

    April 1, 2015 | 1:30 pm

    Tatyana Orul would have moved to Israel years ago if not for her job as a television journalist in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, which interested her too much to give up.

    But when bombs started falling next to her house last year, she reconsidered. The war between...

  • Scribbled note shows Nemtsov on trail of Russian deaths in Ukraine

    March 5, 2015 | 11:35 am

    It may have been the last note Boris Nemtsov ever wrote, a hurried scrawl in blue pen on a plain white sheet of A4 paper.

    A day before he was shot dead near the Kremlin last week, the Russian opposition figure and his close aide Olga Shorina were discussing a sensitive...

  • For Ukraine Jews, Purim holiday merely a respite

    March 5, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Jewish perseverance, and more than a bit of chutzpah, lies at the heart of the Purim holiday we celebrate this week. It is one of the reasons we are instructed to mark this raucous holiday with boundless joy and why thousands of Ukrainian Jews, despite the odds they face, will join...

  • For Russia’s Jews, Nemtsov murder is reminder of their vulnerability

    March 3, 2015 | 9:59 am

    During the past two years, Dima Zicer has skipped several political rallies opposing the chauvinistic policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    A Jewish scholar of education from St. Petersburg, Zicer, 55, has limited hope for change in a country that is ranked 148th in the...

  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    February 27, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday.

    Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big...

  • Kerry appears to take swipe at Netanyahu over Iran nuclear talks

    February 24, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday appeared to take a swipe at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying critics of an emerging nuclear deal with Iran did not know what they were talking about.

    Speaking to senators, Kerry also said he expected to know soon whether...

  • Kerry: Russia is lying when it denies its troops are in Ukraine

    February 24, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday Russia was lying when it said there are no Russian troops or equipment in Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are fighting government troops.

    Fighting has abated in eastern Ukraine in recent days, raising hope that a ceasefire that...

  • Overlooked, battle for Watiyah air base key to Libya’s future

    February 18, 2015 | 5:48 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Russian heat-seeking rockets terrorize the fighters scattered along the front at the Watiyah air base in Western Libya. “Torpedoes are dangerous because they precisely target cars, often full of men,” one of the fighters told...

  • Kremlin says Putin, Obama urge swift end to bloodshed in Ukraine

    February 10, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted in a phone call on Tuesday the need for a political solution to the "internal" conflict in Ukraine to swiftly end the bloodshed there, the Kremlin said in a statement.

    The Kremlin also said the two...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    January 27, 2015 | 9:12 am

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Rebels press Ukraine offensive, Obama promises steps against Russian-backed ‘aggression’

    January 26, 2015 | 11:42 am

    Pro-Moscow rebels, backed by what NATO says is the open participation of Russian troops, pressed on with their offensive on Sunday after restarting the war in eastern Ukraine with the first all-out assault since a truce five months ago.

    U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington...

  • Kirk Douglas, a poet at 98, gets personal

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 9, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian-Jewish ragpicker, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book.

    The legendary star of 87 movies (who can forget “Spartacus”?) can look back, in happiness and grief, on countless one-night...

  • Where are the bodies, MH17 families ask

    November 11, 2014 | 9:57 am

    Daisy Oehlers and Bryce Fredriksz, a Dutch couple in their early 20s, were sitting near the left wing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on their way to a holiday in Bali, when "high energy objects" – as officials later called them – struck the plane over eastern Ukraine.

    Their...

  • Russia, Iran sign nuclear construction deal

    November 11, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Russia will build two new nuclear power plant units in Iran under an agreement signed in Moscow on Tuesday between subsidiaries of the two countries' state atomic agencies.

    The agreement precedes a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal at talks between Iran and world powers that would curb...

  • Worst east Ukraine shelling for month; cease-fire looks in doubt

    November 10, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummeled on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE said it spotted an armored column of troops without insignia in rebel territory that Kiev said proved Moscow had sent reinforcements.

    A two-month-old ceasefire to end...

  • Ancient Russian synagogues rededicated

    November 4, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two ancient synagogues that Soviet authorities confiscated in rural Russia were rededicated as Jewish houses of worship.

    One rededication occurred this week in Voronezh, in southern Russia, at a 110-year-old synagogue that was nationalized and turned into a textile factory. The...

  • Quarter of Russia’s 200 top billionaires are Jews

    November 3, 2014 | 3:02 pm

    A member of Russia’s Human Rights Council condemned a news website that said that nearly a quarter of Russia’s top billionaires are Jews.

    Nikolai Svanidze of the council – a Kremlin-affiliated body with no executive powers –- made the condemnation last week against Lenta.ru,...

  • U.S., Russia agree to share intelligence on common enemy: Islamic State militants

    October 14, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on Tuesday to increase intelligence sharing between Moscow and Washington on Islamic State militants, focusing on a common enemy even as deep divisions remained over the crisis in Ukraine.

    ...
  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    September 16, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    September 12, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    September 12, 2014 | 9:51 am

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

    The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's...

  • Survivor: Barry Weintraub

    By Jane Ulman

    September 10, 2014 | 11:55 am

    "Get out of the house. Go.” 

    Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just...

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