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  • Obama says strains over Ukraine not leading to new Cold War with Russia

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama escalated U.S. economic sanctions against Russia on Tuesday for its aggression against Ukraine but dismissed suggestions the growing chill in U.S.-Russian relations marked the start of a new Cold War.

    The United States and the European Union, in a carefully...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    3 days ago

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

    When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on high school...

  • Could a Hamas-owned SA-11 Buk destroy Israeli air travel?

    By Jared Sichel

    4 days ago

    At 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2002, two men in Kenya propped Russian-made SA-7 “Strela” missile launchers on their shoulders, took aim for a nearby midair Arkia Israel Airlines passenger jet and fired at its 250 passengers.

    Both shots missed.

    At about the same time, 15 miles away in...

  • Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of evangelical Christian

    4 days ago

    A few hours before he departed Amsterdam for Australia on July 17, Ithamar Avnon was praying for peace with his parents at their home in the Netherlands.

    That evening, pro-Russian separatists shot down Avnon’s flight, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, over eastern Ukraine, killing all...

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  • Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

    4 days ago

    Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting.

    Troops recaptured two rebel-held...

  • Interpol team begins identifying victims of flight MH17 crash

    1 week 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 week 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 weeks 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 weeks 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...

  • Jewish mother and daughter killed in Ukraine shelling

    By tessc

    2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    3 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

    3 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

    July 3, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    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

    July 1, 2014 | 10:32 am

    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

    June 30, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    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

    June 30, 2014 | 11:54 am

    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....

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