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  • Interpol team begins identifying victims of flight MH17 crash

    18 hours ago

    International police agency Interpol said on Tuesday one of its teams had started identifying victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH 17 flight that crashed over Ukraine last week.

    "The remains of victims recovered so far were labeled and numbered before being transported in...

  • Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site

    1 day ago

    The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian experts.

    Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte...

  • Malaysia Airlines flight over Syria reflects war zone challenge

    2 days ago

    Malaysia Airlines rerouted a flight over Syria on Sunday after its usual path over Ukraine was closed, reflecting the challenges airlines face in finding conflict-free routes between Asia and Europe.

    After Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down Thursday by a ground-to-air...

  • Obama: Russia must press Ukraine rebels to allow plane probe

    2 days ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama piled pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to force pro-Russian separatists to stop blocking an international investigation into the shootdown of a passenger jet last week.

    Obama denounced the Russian role in eastern Ukraine in some...

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  • Jewish mother and daughter killed in Ukraine shelling

    By tessc

    2 days ago

    A Jewish mother and daughter were killed in a shelling in the embattled eastern Ukraine city of Lugansk.

    The victims of Friday’s explosion were identified on the website of the Lugansk Jewish community as Svetlana and Anna Sitnikov.

    Svetlana Sitnikov, 57, and her daughter Anna...

  • Fleeing ‘place full of death,’ Jews from eastern Ukraine weep for homeland

    2 days ago

    DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine (JTA) — Anatoly Lazaurenko’s face betrays no emotion as he watches footage of an old woman he used to know lying in the rubble of what once was his home in the war-torn city of Slavyansk.

    Oblivious to her mangled face, Anatoly, 8, points to a corner of the...

  • July Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter: Czech 10 Stars and New Photo Galleries

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    2 days ago

    (This post also appears on my Jewish Heritage Travel blog)

     

    Please take a look at the July edition of the monthly newsletter of Jewish Heritage Europe -- the website on Jewish heritage issues that I coordinate as a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.

    ...
  • Obama condemns Russia over downed plane in Ukraine, gunmen hamper inquiry

    5 days ago

    President Barack Obama demanded Russia stop supporting separatists in Ukraine after the downing of a Malaysian airliner by a surface-to-air missile he said was fired from rebel territory raised the prospect of more sanctions on Moscow.

    Calling the deaths of almost 300 people from...

  • Israeli among 298 fatalities aboard downed Malaysian plane

    5 days ago

    A 27-year-old Israeli was among the 298 victims who died when Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine.

    Dov Avnon, Itamar Avnon’s father, announced his son’s death on Facebook, the Maariv daily reported Friday.

    “They say life is short — yes it is true,” wrote...

  • U.S. government believes Malaysia jet hit by surface-to-air missile

    6 days ago

    A U.S. official said the United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down the Malaysian airliner that crashed on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, killing all 295 people aboard.

    The U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the origin of the missile was...

  • U.S., European agencies warned pilots about Ukraine airspace dangers in April

    6 days ago

    Aviation safety authorities in the United States and Europe warned pilots in April about potential risks flying in or near Ukraine airspace, where a Malaysian passenger airliner went down on Thursday.

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on April 23 issued a "special notice"...

  • Air France decides to avoid east Ukrainian air space

    6 days ago

    Air France on Thursday it had decided to avoid east Ukrainian air space after a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in a field in Ukraine near the Russian border.

    An adviser to the Ukrainian interior ministry said all the 280 passengers and 15 crew members onboard died. The Boeing...

  • Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine war zone, 298 dead

    6 days ago

    The United States believes a surface-to-air missile brought down a Malaysian airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 298 people on board, an incident that sharply raises the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro-Moscow rebels.

    One U.S. official said...

  • The brushstrokes on the wall: Jewish muralists of Los Angeles

    2 weeks ago

    On the walls of Los Angeles, the mural capital of the world, where are the Jewish brushstrokes?

    Two concurrent exhibitions are currently highlighting the work of Edward Biberman and his 1941 Venice post office mural — at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and at the...

  • Ukraine threatens rebels with ‘nasty surprise’ in new push

    2 weeks ago

    Ukraine's government kept up military pressure against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, threatening them with an "nasty surprise," while the militants said they were preparing to fight back after losing their main stronghold.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, drawing confidence...

  • Jewish group cuts funding for Kiev office over criticism of Putin

    3 weeks ago

    An organization representing Russian-speaking Jews cut funding for its Kiev office because of the office head’s criticism of Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, or EAJC, in February stopped funding its Kiev office, which is run by Josef Zissels, he told...

  • Ukraine forces attack rebel positions, Putin growls

    3 weeks ago

    Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".

    His decision quickly drew fire...

  • Ukraine’s Poroshenko ends ceasefire, renews operations against rebels

    3 weeks ago

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said he would renew operations against pro-Russian rebels on Tuesday, a statement on his website said, hours after a ceasefire to make way for peace talks with the rebels had expired.

    "We will attack and free our lands. The decision not to...

  • Ukraine leaders meet security chiefs as ceasefire end nears

    3 weeks ago

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called a meeting of his security chiefs on Monday to decide whether to extend a shaky ceasefire in the war against separatists that was due to lapse at 10 p.m. (1500 ET).

    Poroshenko consulted the national security and defense council after...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 27, 2014 | 11:53 am

    Asaf Avidan is an Israeli singer- songwriter, one of the few Israeli musicians to succeed abroad.


    Avidan (born 1980) is the front man of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, an Israeli folk rock band that he established in 2006 in Jerusalem. The band released three albums, The Reckoning in...

  • Robbers raid Holocaust victims’ mass grave in Ukraine

    June 27, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Grave robbers in Ukraine raided the final resting place of Jews executed en masse during the Holocaust, a Kiev-based watchdog on anti-Semitism reported.

    The raid occurred on June 20 near Volodymyr-Volynsky, a western city located just north of Lviv, according to Jewish Kiev group...

  • Jews leaving France, Ukraine generate 50% increase in aliyah

    June 20, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Jewish immigration to Israel during the first quarter of 2014 increased by 50 percent over the corresponding period last year, mainly due to arrivals from France and Ukraine.

    In total, immigration to Israel under its Law of Return for Jews and their descendants during the first...

  • Russian official accuses Jewish Ukrainian governor of murder

    June 18, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    Russian investigators accused Igor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian Jewish billionaire and district governor, of murder and human rights violations.

    The accusation came Wednesday in a statement by Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Investigative Committee of Russia, a federal body that...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    June 18, 2014 | 10:50 am

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

  • Jewish Heritage Europe launches monthly newsletter

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    June 17, 2014 | 10:17 am

    (This post also appears in my Jewish Heritage Travel blog)

    Jewish Heritage Europe -- the web site that I coordinate -- has just launched a monthly newsletter! The first edition came this week and contains a description of the web site's features as well as highlights from our...

  • Russia’s Gazprom reduces gas to Ukraine after deadline passes

    June 16, 2014 | 9:18 am

    Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom reduced supplies to Ukraine on Monday after Kiev failed to meet a deadline to pay off its gas debts in a dispute that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe.

    Announcing that Ukraine will now only get gas it pays for in advance, Moscow...

  • U.S. says Russia sends tanks, rocket launchers into Ukraine

    June 13, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Russia has sent tanks, heavy weapons and rocket launchers to Ukraine in recent days in support of separatists in the east of the country, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.

    "We assess that separatists in eastern Ukraine have acquired heavy weapons and military equipment...

  • Ukraine, separatists battle to control border with Russia

    June 9, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    Ukrainian border guards stand grim-faced and nervous at the remote Marynivka checkpoint on the frontier with Russia, fearing an attack by pro-Moscow separatists at any time.

    Last week they fought off an assault by up to 150 rebels seeking control over supply routes from Russia to...

  • Ukraine sees ‘understanding’ with Russia on peace moves

    June 9, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    Ukraine said on Monday it had reached a "mutual understanding" with Moscow on parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in the east of the country.

    It gave no other details after a second day of talks on Poroshenko's proposals for ending conflict...

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