Ukrainian Rabbis Issue Warnings after Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks; Jewish Agency Of Israel to Provide Security Aid
February 24, 2014 • 6:04PM

While Barack Obama, the EU and even the UN ignore the neo-Nazi, anti-Semitic elements dominating the new Ukrainian regime, which Obama and the EU have just imposed in a coup d’état, two leading Ukrainian Rabbis have issued warnings of the danger to the Jewish community in Ukraine and the Jewish Agency of Israel announced on Saturday that it will provide security aid to Jewish institutions.

According to yourJewishnews.com, Rabbi Moshe Reuven Asman has urged Jews to flee from the country after several violent anti-Semitic attacks in Kiev.

"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."

Another rabbi Yaacov Dov Bleich, who has been the chief rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine since 1990, also issued a warning to Jews in Ukraine: Be vigilant, stay away from the protests and avoid the center of Kiev.

Rabbi Yaacov Dov Bleich addressed the delicate situation of Ukraine’s 200,000-strong Jewish community during an interview Sunday night on Aaron Klein's WABC Radio show in New York City

Rabbi Bleich said he told the Jewish community to stay away from points of danger, stay away from the center where demonstrations were taking place.

"We have a very, very large community of young families with children who are living in Kiev," he said. "There is no question about it: The Jewish community needs to stay vigil(ant) and see what is going to be."

Bleich continued: "Jews are members of civil society in Ukraine. We are a minority. We have been living there peacefully throughout the last 22-years of Ukrainian independence. We want to continue. The community is developing. We want to feel safe. We want to feel protected. We don’t want to have to worry about attacks no matter where they are coming from or who is orchestrating them."

The rabbi said that the majority of protestors are not anti-Semites, however, there is an element among the opposition, including some within the nationalist Svoboda party, who [have] among its rank-and-file members nationalists, some of them are neo-Nazis or neo-fascists, people who are not embarrassed to say they hate Jews. They are a minority. They are there.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Jewish Agency of Israel said it will help to increase security at Ukraine’s Jewish institutions. The non-profit organization was planning to launch a fundraising campaign to increasing security measures for Jewish institutions in Ukraine.

"We have a moral obligation to ensure the safety and security of the community," Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky said in a statement.

The Jewish community in the Ukraine consists of around 200,000 members - one of the largest in the world. Several Jewish organizations in the country have already expressed concern that the violence could spill over into anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community.

Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky announced that The Jewish Agency will extend immediate emergency assistance to the Jewish community of Ukraine and will help secure Jewish institutions in the country.

Speaking to Jewish Agency leadership, including Chairman Sharansky, Jewish communal leaders in Ukraine have voiced concerns about the community's security due to recent events. We are in constant contact with the leadership of the Ukrainian Jewish community and are following the events closely. The Jewish Agency's assistance aims to increase security at Jewish communal institutions in Ukraine, said Sharansky