Greek government-Golden Dawn nazis secret contacts revealed


This video from Greece, with English subtitles, is called Baltakos Gate. It records secret talks between Greek government representative Panagiotis Baltakos and leading Golden Dawn nazi politician Ilias Kasidiaris.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Saturday, 5 April 2014 Greek government – Golden Dawn contact man revealed!

THE Secretary of the Greek government, Panagiotis Baltakos, a close aide for decades of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, has been revealed as the go-between Samaras and the fascist party of Golden Dawn.

The number two of the fascist party, Ilias Kasidiaris, speaking in the Vouli (Greek parliament) last Wednesday morning against the prosecution and imprisonment of Golden Dawn parliamentary deputies, revealed that early this year he met up with Baltakos and demanded to know why the Golden Dawn deputies were not protected by the government.

Kasidiaris passed on to the media a high quality video of his discussion with Baltakos.

Two hours later Baltakos resigned, admitting the authenticity of the video as well as another meeting with the fascist deputy Kasidiaris.

As Baltakos drafted his resignation, his son, Dimitrios-Yeorghios Baltakos, an officer of the notorious strike-breaking Special Forces of the Greek Coast Guard, attacked and assaulted three Golden Dawn deputies inside their parliamentary office in the Vouli, along with police officers seconded to his father.

The Mercantile Marine Minister, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, ordered an investigation into Baltakos’ son and suspended him from active service.

Two weeks ago Panagiotis Baltakos, well known for his sympathies for Golden Dawn and his close ties with Greek Orthodox Church bishops, stated in a radio interview: ‘Of course I am an anti-communist, I was born one and I will die one.’

Baltakos insisted that a law should be passed by the Vouli which would make refugees liable to prosecution and immediate expulsion if a complaint against Greek Coast Guards or Greek state officials proves to be false.

In the video, Baltakos states that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras was absolutely furious last December when he was informed that half of the arrested Golden Dawn deputies, including Kasidiaris, were freed.

The reason for Samaras’ anger was due to the fact that the previous day he had delivered a speech at the Jewish American congress in New York where he stated that all Golden Dawn deputies involved in illegalities had been arrested; next day Samaras found out that half of Golden Dawn deputies were freed without being charged with any offence.

According to Baltakos, Samaras then telephoned the Greek Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias and the Justice Minister Kharalambos Athanasiou and shouted at them for not imprisoning all Golden Dawn’s arrested deputies.

The Golden Dawn leader, ten deputies and 15 members of the fascist party, were arrested following the murder of rap singer Pavlos Fyssas by a Golden Dawn gang in an Athens suburb on 18 September 2013.

The Golden Dawn leader and deputies have been accused of accessory to murder and for setting up a criminal gang.

It has been revealed that Golden Dawn was financed by ship-owners, night-club owners and by several bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church.

In the video, Baltakos states that the High Court investigator had no evidence against those Golden Dawn deputies that were freed.

Baltakos names both the Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou as the ones who telephoned the Greek High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, Efterpi Koutzamani, to pressure her to charge and imprison the Golden Dawn deputies.

Then Kasidiaris and Baltakos have the following dialogue as heard in the video.

Kasidiaris: ‘I had information that (High Court Director of Public Prosecutions) Koutzamani was a staunch right-winger.

Baltakos crosses himself.

Kasidaris: ‘A God-fearing woman?’

Baltakos: ‘Yes.’

Kasidiaris: ‘Then how come she did all these shameful things with Vourliotis (High Court’s investigator) concocting the investigation’s findings?’

Baltakos: ‘She was convinced by them (Ministers Dendias and Athanasiou) that they (Golden Dawn deputies) are paganists, idol-worshippers, Nazis and against Christianity.’

In separate, very brief statements last Wednesday, both Ministers N Dendias and Kh Athanasiou rejected Baltakos’ claims as ‘untrue’.

In the video, the Golden Dawnd eputy says to Baltakos: ‘Go to the Public Prosecutor and state those who set up this whole conspiracy (against Golden Dawn), that Athanasiou ordered Goutzamani, that Samaras had ordered Athanasiou and all of them must be tried; if you are a just man you must do this.’

To which Baltakos responds: ‘If I do this, a half-hour judiciary investigation would take place, which will then would be filed into the archives.’

Then Kasidiaris asks: ‘What Samaras says of all this? Is he aware of what is going on?’

Baltakos answers: ‘No, at the beginning he didn’t… now that he saw the opinion polls…he thought, as the high bourgeois he is, that what with all these terrible things (against Golden Dawn), “they would get just 2%” he said to me; but I said to him “I say they will get 20%”.’

In the video, Kasidiaris asks Baltakos: ‘who told Samaras to do all this?’

Baltakos replies that Samaras is afraid that Golden Dawn takes away voters from his party, and that leads to Opposition party SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) coming top in the opinion polls.

To this, Kasidiaris says: ‘And just because we take votes off him he is putting us in prison?’

Baltakos: ‘The ass-hole, unbelievable, unbelievable.’

Late on Wednesday, the office of the High Court Director of Public Prosecutions, that is Efterpi Koutzamani herself, charged Kasidiaris with ‘illegal tapping and use of video material.’

The Greek Deputy Prime Minister and PASOK leader Evagelos Venizelos stated that ‘all pockets adjacent ideologically or practically to the extreme right must be dealt a blow’.

The leader of the small right-wing party Independent Greeks, Panos Kammenos, called for the resignation of the Samaras government, while the DIMAR (Democratic Left) party deputy Yiannis Panousis called for an immediate general election.

But SYRIZA parliamentary leaders called for just a parliamentary debate on the issue.

Thus revealed and exposed stands capitalist Greek democracy and the collaboration of the highest state officials and the Prime Minister with the fascist party Golden Dawn.

See also here.

Left opposition party Syriza has overtaken main coalition party New Democracy in opinion polls following the resignation of Cabinet Secretary Panayiotis Baltakos over his claim the PM influenced a criminal probe into the fascist Golden Dawn group: here.

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Racism in Greek police, Amnesty says


This video is called Is Greece turning into Nazi Germany?

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Amnesty International slams Greek police for culture of abuse and far-right hate crime leniency

Saturday 5th April 2014

Racism watchdog praises fascist Golden Dawn crackdown but says police hate crimes are on the increase

Amnesty International said on Thursday that it had found a culture of impunity and abuse within the Greek police.

It also criticised the police for inadequately responding to hate crimes and attacks by far-right groups on migrants and protesters.

Another group created to monitor hate crimes also criticised the police in a separate report.

The Racist Violence Reporting Network concluded that hate crimes by Greek police increased last year, despite a “significant decrease” in such attacks following a judicial crackdown on the fascist Golden Dawn party.

“Under no circumstances should one get the impression that Greece has adequately dealt with the problem of racist violence,” the network said.

Amnesty called on the government to fix “a range of failures undermining public confidence and generating a host of human rights violations.”

It said it had documented allegations of torture or ill-treatment during arrest and detention.

Albanian inmate tortured to death in Greek prison: here.

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Ukrainian Svoboda fascists and the European Union


This video is called Surviving the Holocaust in the Ukraine (Full Documentary).

By Alex Lantier:

What the European Union said in 2012 about its current fascist allies in Ukraine

12 March 2014

Since last month’s putsch in Kiev, the US and European media have denounced reports from Russia and internationally of fascist involvement in the new, Western-backed Ukrainian regime.

The media has attacked such reports as “empty” (New York Times), “a fancy” (Guardian), “Putin plays the Nazi card” (Fox News), and “the supreme lie” (Le Monde). One source that inspires total confidence, Russian oligarch and convicted felon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, speaking on Monday to a right-wing crowd in Kiev, summed up the line of the corporate media. He called reports of fascist influence over the new regime “lying Russian propaganda.”

To evaluate this torrent of pro-fascist apologetics, it is worth recalling what the European Union itself said only two years ago about its current partners in Kiev. Today, the far-right Svoboda party holds top ministerial positions (deputy prime minister, education, ecology, and agriculture) and advisory posts in a regime that enjoys the economic and military backing of the EU and Washington.

Svoboda was condemned in an official resolution voted and adopted by the European Parliament. The document, titled “European Parliament of 13 December, 2012 on the Situation in Ukraine,” is available online.

In section 8 of the resolution, the EU’s legislative body declares itself “concerned about the rising nationalistic sentiment in Ukraine, expressed in support for the Svoboda party, which, as a result, is one of the two new parties to enter the Verkhovna Rada,” the Ukrainian parliament.

Stating that “racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic views go against the EU’s fundamental values,” the European Parliament “therefore appeals to pro-democratic parties in the Verkhovna Rada not to associate with, endorse, or form coalitions with this party.”

When the imperialist powers embarked on a critical foreign policy operation, however—the installation of a pro-Western regime in Kiev—they easily overcame whatever scruples EU legislators may have had about Svoboda’s racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. It fell to a corrupt media, academic and cultural elite to package the resulting collaboration with fascists as a struggle for democracy, misleading the public through a combination of complicit silence and active falsification.

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In addition to fascistic elements from the Svoboda Party controlling six key government ministries, the new administration has appointed prominent oligarchs to head regional administrations in Ukraine’s most important industrial eastern regions: here.

With Ukraine facing the likely secession of Crimea, the far-right regime in Kiev is moving to slash social spending and build a new army: here.

War propaganda in the German media: here. And here.

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Greek Golden Dawn nazi doctor convicted


This video is called Dr. Josef Mengele, the angel of death 1/6.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Greek court convicts doctor who posted ‘Jews not Welcome’ sign

Costas Kastaniotis, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, received a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

By JTA

Mar. 9, 2014 | 7:08 PM

A Greek doctor who posted a “Jews Not Welcome” sign outside his office was convicted and given a 16-month suspended jail sentence for inciting racial hatred.

Costas Kastaniotis, 57, a neurologist from Thessaloniki, also was convicted of illegally possessing weapons on Friday in a court in the northern Greece city. He was fined $3,500.

Kastaniotis has appealed the sentence.

The doctor has denied posting the sign, which was written in German. However, police discovered pamphlets in his office linking him to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, which is known for its Nazi swastika-like flag and Holocaust-denying leadership.

Police also found three daggers and 12 knives at his home, as well as pills without prescriptions. Two of the daggers were engraved with Nazi symbols.

The Jewish community of Thessaloniki was an important center of Sephardic Jewry for 450 years following the expulsion from Spain. It had a pre-World War II Jewish population of 55,000; now about 1,000 Jews live there.

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French National Front politician advocates concentration camps for Roma


This video from Romania says about itself:

The exile from Bassarabia, a documentary about [Hitler's] Roma holocaust

28 Jan 2013

A documentary made by the National Roma Center in cooperation with E-Romani Glinda from Sweden.

From The Local in France:

‘Concentrate’ Roma in ‘camps‘: far-right runner

Published: 04 Mar 2014 13:26 GMT+01:00
Updated: 04 Mar 2014 13:26 GMT+01:00

A National Front party candidate running in Paris’s municipal elections has caused outrage by suggesting the best way to deal with the country’s Roma population was to “concentrate” them in “camps”. It is just the latest outrageous gaffe made by National Front affiliates.

In a blog posting, the top candidate on the National Front’s electoral list in Paris’s posh 6th arrondissement lashed out at the presence of Roma people in his district and offered up a solution that has caused outrage among anti-racism campaigners.

Paul-Marie Coûteaux, a candidate for Marine Le Pen’s “FN-Rassemblement Blue Marine” party, wrote in his February 19th post: “But what can the Minister of the Interior do–apart from concentrating these foreign people in camps–where life would undoubtedly be so below what they counted on that they would prefer to flee such inhospitable territory?”

The comments were naturally seized upon by anti-racism campaigners in a country which has often been criticized for its policy of mass deportations of Roma, which reached record levels last year.

In a statement SOS Racism denounced “Coûteaux’s “vile words” and announced it would press charges of racism in the coming days “in light of the severity and wretchedness of this anti-republican text.”

His words also provoked outrage among Twitter users. “Apart from this the National Front are not racist hey? Paul-Marie Coûteaux wants to replay the night of the long knives,” wrote one of the many tweeters who compared his words to Hitler’s policies.

“Couteaux” means “knives” in French.

National Front election threat

The ensuing anger his comments drew online and in the French press came just weeks before municipal elections are to be held across the country.

There are concerns the National Front, with its anti-immigrant and anti-Europe stance, could put up a strong showing as it attempts to continue its recent march towards mainstream power. …

‘I’d prefer to see her hanging from a tree’

In October Anne-Sophie Leclere, who was due to run on the party’s ticket in the northern French region of Ardennes in March, was suspended by the party after comparing Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, who is black, to a monkey in a Facebook post.

The post included a photo montage of a baby monkey, with the caption “18 months”, next to an image of Taubira with “now” written below it. Leclere attempted to explain the post to a TV news reporter.

National Front compares Black minister to ape

“Honestly, she’s a wild animal, coming on TV with that devil’s smile,” Leclere told France TV.

“I’d prefer to see her swinging from a tree than in government,” she added, denying that she or the photo were racist, claiming, “I have friends who are black.”

Only last month another National Front candidate was barred from running for election after it was discovered he had a tatoo honouring a unit of Hitler’s SS division that operated in France.

Critics say this type of incident and the words of candidates such as Coûteaux reveal the true colours of the National Front’s members.

“Concentrating Roma in camps,… yes the National Front has changed… or not! It’s the same old shop, again and again,” Tweeted Damien Toumi.

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Ukraine and neo-nazism


This video says about itself:

Testimony of Bronya Khalfina about the mass murder of the Jews from Medzhibozh in Ukraine

11 July 2013

Bronya Khalfina (née Zats), who was born in 1928 in Medzhibozh, Ukraine, testifies about the mass murder of Jews from Medzhibozh. Before dawn on the morning of September 22, 1942, on the day of Yom Kippur, Germans came to the Medzhibozh ghetto and, with the help of Ukrainian policemen, rounded up about 1,000 Jews. They marched them along the Rusanovtsy road in the direction of the Southern Bug, and shot them in a ravine.

By Max Blumenthal in the USA:

Is the U.S. Backing Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

Exposing troubling ties in the U.S. to overt Nazi and fascist protesters in Ukraine.

February 24, 2014

As the Euromaidan protests in the Ukrainian capitol of Kiev culminated this week, displays of open fascism and neo-Nazi extremism became too glaring to ignore. Since demonstrators filled the downtown square to battle Ukrainian riot police and demand the ouster of the corruption-stained, pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, it has been filled with far-right streetfighting men pledging to defend their country’s ethnic purity.

White supremacist banners and Confederate flags were draped inside Kiev’s occupied City Hall, and demonstrators have hoisted Nazi SS and white power symbols over a toppled memorial to V.I. Lenin. After Yanukovich fled his palatial estate by helicopter, EuroMaidan protesters destroyed a memorial to Ukrainians who died battling German occupation during World War II. Sieg heil salutes and the Nazi Wolfsangel symbol have become an increasingly common site in Maidan Square, and neo-Nazi forces have established “autonomous zones” in and around Kiev.

An Anarchist group called AntiFascist Union Ukraine attempted to join the Euromaidan demonstrations but found it difficult to avoid threats of violence and imprecations from the gangs of neo-Nazis roving the square. “They called the Anarchists things like Jews, blacks, Communists,” one of its members said. “There weren’t even any Communists, that was just an insult.”

“There are lots of Nationalists here, including Nazis,” the anti-fascist continued. “They came from all over Ukraine, and they make up about 30% of protesters.”

One of the “Big Three” political parties behind the protests is the ultra-nationalist Svoboda, whose leader, Oleh Tyahnybok, has called for the liberation of his country from the “Muscovite-Jewish mafia.” After the 2010 conviction of the Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk for his supporting role in the death of nearly 30,000 people at the Sobibor camp, Tyahnybok rushed to Germany to declare him a hero who was “fighting for truth.” In the Ukrainian parliament, where Svoboda holds an unprecedented 37 seats, Tyahnybok’s deputy Yuriy Mykhalchyshyn is fond of quoting Joseph Goebbels – he has even founded a think tank originally called “the Joseph Goebbels Political Research Center.” According to Per Anders Rudling, a leading academic expert on European neo-fascism, the self-described “socialist nationalist” Mykhalchyshyn is the main link between Svoboda’s official wing and neo-Nazi militias like Right Sector.

Right Sector is a shadowy syndicate of self-described “autonomous nationalists” identified by their skinhead style of dress, ascetic lifestyle, and fascination with street violence. Armed with riot shields and clubs, the group’s cadres have manned the front lines of the Euromaidan battles this month, filling the air with their signature chant: “Ukraine above all!” In a recent Right Sector propaganda video, the group promised to fight “against degeneration and totalitarian liberalism, for traditional national morality and family values.” With Svoboda linked to a constellation of international neo-fascist parties through the Alliance of European National Movements, Right Sector is promising to lead its army of aimless, disillusioned young men on “a great European Reconquest.”

Svoboda’s openly pro-Nazi politics have not deterred Senator John McCain from addressing a EuroMaidan rally alongside Tyahnybok, nor did it prevent Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland from enjoying a friendly meeting with the Svoboda leader this February. Eager to fend off accusations of anti-Semitism, the Svoboda leader recently hosted the Israeli Ambassador to Ukraine. “I would like to ask Israelis to also respect our patriotic feelings,” Tyahnybok has remarked. “Probably each party in the [Israeli] Knesset is nationalist. With God’s help, let it be this way for us too.”

In a leaked phone conversation with Geoffrey Pyatt, the US ambassador to Ukraine, Nuland revealed her wish for Tyahnybok to remain “on the outside,” but to consult with the US’s replacement for Yanukovich, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, “four times a week.” At a December 5, 2013 US-Ukraine Foundation Conference, Nuland boasted that the US had invested $5 billion to “build democratic skills and institutions” in Ukraine, though she did not offer any details.

“The Euro-Maidan movement has come to embody the principles and values that are the cornerstones for all free democracies,” Nuland proclaimed.

Two weeks later, 15,000 Svoboda members held a torchlight ceremony in the city of Lviv in honor of Stepan Bandera, a World War II-era Nazi collaborator who led the pro-fascist Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN-B). Lviv has become the epicenter of neo-fascist activity in Ukraine, with elected Svoboda officials waging a campaign to rename its airport after Bandera and successfully changing the name of Peace Street to the name of the Nachtigall Battalion, an OUN-B wing that participated directly in the Holocaust. “’Peace’ is a holdover from Soviet stereotypes,” a Svoboda deputy explained.

Revered by Ukrainian nationalists as a legendary freedom fighter, Bandera’s real record was ignominious at best. After participating in a campaign to assassinate Ukrainians who supported accommodation with the Polish during the 1930’s, Bandera’s forces set themselves to ethnically cleanse western Ukraine of Poles in 1943 and 1944. In the process, they killed over 90,000 Poles and many Jews, whom Bandera’s top deputy and acting “Prime Minister,” Yaroslav Stetsko, were determined to exterminate. Bandera held fast to fascist ideology in the years after the war, advocating a totalitarian, ethnically pure Europe while his affiliated Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) carried out a doomed armed struggle against the Soviet Union. The bloodbath he inspired ended when KGB agents assassinated him in Munich in 1959.

The Right Connections

Many surviving OUN-B members fled to Western Europe and the United States – occasionally with CIA help – where they quietly forged political alliances with right-wing elements. “You have to understand, we are an underground organization. We have spent years quietly penetrating positions of influence,” one member told journalist Russ Bellant, who documented the group’s resurgence in the United States in his 1988 book, “Old Nazis, New Right, and the Republican Party.”

In Washington, the OUN-B reconstituted under the banner of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), an umbrella organization comprised of “complete OUN-B fronts,” according to Bellant. By the mid-1980’s, the Reagan administration was honeycombed with UCCA members, with the group’s chairman Lev Dobriansky, serving as ambassador to the Bahamas, and his daughter, Paula, sitting on the National Security Council. Reagan personally welcomed Stetsko, the Banderist leader who oversaw the massacre of 7000 Jews in Lviv, into the White House in 1983.

“Your struggle is our struggle,” Reagan told the former Nazi collaborator. “Your dream is our dream.”

When the Justice Department launched a crusade to capture and prosecute Nazi war criminals in 1985, UCCA snapped into action, lobbying Congress to halt the initiative. “The UCCA has also played a leading role in opposing federal investigations of suspected Nazi war criminals since those queries got underway in the late 1970’s,” Bellant wrote. “Some UCCA members have many reasons to worry – reasons which began in the 1930’s.”

Still an active and influential lobbying force in Washington, the UCCA does not appear to have shed its reverence for Banderist nationalism. In 2009, on the 50th anniversary of Bandera’s death, the group proclaimed him “a symbol of strength and righteousness for his followers” who “continue[s] to inspire Ukrainians today.” A year later, the group honored the 60th anniversary of the death of Roman Shukhevych, the OUN-B commander of the Nachtigall Battalion that slaughtered Jews in Lviv and Belarus, calling him a “hero” who “fought for honor, righteousness…”

Back in Ukraine in 2010, then-President Viktor Yushchenko awarded Bandera the title of “National Hero of Ukraine,” marking the culmination of his efforts to manufacture an anti-Russian national narrative that sanitized the OUN-B’s fascism. (Yuschenko’s wife, Katherine Chumachenko, was a former Reagan administration official and ex-staffer at the right-wing Heritage Foundation). When the European Parliament condemned Yushchenko’s proclamation as an affront to “European values,” the UCCA-affiliated Ukrainian World Congress reacted with outrage, accusing the EU of “another attempt to rewrite Ukrainian history during WWII.” On its website, the UCCA dismissed historical accounts of Bandera’s collaboration with the Nazis as “Soviet propaganda.”

Following the demise of Yanukovich this month, the UCCA helped organize rallies in cities across the US in support of the EuroMaidan protests. When several hundred demonstrators marched through downtown Chicago, some waved Ukrainian flags while others proudly flew the red and black banners of the UPA and OUN-B. “USA supports Ukraine!” they chanted.

What had been unthinkable in Europe since the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich in 1945 has come to pass: while the US and Germany ruthlessly and recklessly destabilized the country, fascists became the decisive force on the ground: here.

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Ukrainian Jews threatened by anti-Semitic violence


This video says about itself:

Jews upset over Ukraine election

11 November 2012

For the first time the nationalist Svoboda or Freedom party will be represented in Ukraine’s parliament.

The movement which has links with foreign far-right groups like France’s National Front has been accused of anti-Semitism. Their election showing has raised concerns among the Jewish community.

“Unfortunately I have read their speeches and statements not once but many times. So I do not need any proof that they are anti-Semitic,” said Rabbi Pynchas Vyshedski.

More than 800,000 Jews were killed in Ukraine during the Second World War. There remains deep ties with Israel where there is anger at Svoboda’s success, winning parliamentary seats.

“We don’t understand why they gave them the opportunity to go to the election, we understand the democracy of Ukraine but this kind of partiy ought to be out of parliament,” explained Alex Miller head of inter-parliamentary Ukrainian-Israeli committee.

Oleh Tyahnybok was expelled from the centre right Our Ukrainian party eight years ago. In a speech he referred to Jews as being among the enemies of Ukraine.

He now heads Svoboda but rejects the allegation his party is anti-Semitic.

Tayhnabok and his party has forged links with other political groups including that of Yulia Tymoshenko and could be set to be part of a coalition in the forthcoming legislation.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

Ukraine’s chief rabbi tells Kiev‘s Jews to flee city

Fearing violence against Ukraine’s Jews, the Jewish community asks Israel for assistance with the security of the community.

Published 12:44 22.02.14

Ukraine’s chief rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, called on Kiev’s Jews to leave the city and even the country if possible, fearing that the city’s Jews will be victimized in the chaos, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday.

“I told my congregation to leave the city center or the city all together and if possible the country too,” Rabbi Azman told Maariv. “I don’t want to tempt fate,” he added, “but there are constant warnings concerning intentions to attack Jewish institutions.”

According to the paper’s report Azman closed the Jewish community’s schools but still holds three daily prayers. He said the Israeli embassy told members of the Jewish community to avoid leaving their homes.

Edward Dolinsky, head of the umbrella organization of Ukraine’s Jews described the situation in Kiev as dire, telling Maariv: “We contacted Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman requesting he assist us with securing the community.”

Protesters in the Ukrainian capital claimed full control of the city Saturday following the signing of a Western-brokered peace deal aimed at ending the nation’s three-month political crisis.

President Viktor Yanukovich is still in Ukraine, a senior security source told Reuters on Saturday following reports his residence was empty and unguarded and his Kiev offices were in the hands of protesters.

The US has vowed to investigate anti-semitic leaflets which ordered Jews to register with pro-Russian authorities in eastern Ukraine, even after it emerged that Jewish residents were not being forced to do so and the alleged authors denied any association with them: here.

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