Russia Condemns Missile Attacks on Israel

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The Russians speak. From Itar-Tass: Moscow condemns and categorically rejects rocket attacks against Israeli territory, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s first deputy spokesman, Boris Malakhov, said on Tuesday in connection with soaring tensions over Palestinian territories.“Of particular concern is the fact that such strikes are targeted against civilians and civilian facilities. There is no argument in support of such actions that can be accepted as well-founded,” he said. “Once again we urge all parties to display restraint and common sense and refrain from yielding to provocations by those who would like to ruin any chance of a political Palestinian-Israeli settlement.”

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Russia investigates report of killing by Neo-Nazis

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From IHT: The Russian authorities said Tuesday that they were investigating a video recording of what appeared to be the grisly execution of two bound and gagged young men, filmed in a forest beneath a large Nazi flag. At least one of the men was beheaded on camera as he lay in a shallow grave. The video, which appeared Sunday on several Russian ultranationalist Web sites, circulated on the Internet with a note from a previously unknown organization that called itself the National-Socialist Party of Russia. The note announced that a “military vanguard” had begun an armed struggle against “black

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When Israel Gave America a Gift: Russia’s Newest Warplane

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Our sages teach us that every nation has a purpose. From When Israel Gave America a Gift: Russia’s Newest Warplane: The Mig-21 was considered the number one fighter plane during the Cold War, and the U.S. had no clue how it was built, what its weaknesses were, and what weapons should be developed against it. On August 16, 1966, a Mig-21 jet plane, the flagship of Soviet industry, landed at the Israel Air Force base in Hatzor. Captain Munir Redfa, the Iraqi fighter pilot who flew the jet to Israel, said that he decided to defect to the West because

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Today in Jewish History – Iyar 6

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Sponsored by Aish.com: In 1881, a wave of pogroms swept 166 towns in southern Russia, after Jews were blamed for the assassination of Czar Alexander II. In these pogroms, thousands of Jewish homes were destroyed, and hundreds of Jews were killed and injured. The new czar, Alexander III, blamed the Jews for the riots and issued a series of harsh restrictions against the Jewish community. In the wake of these pogroms, some 2 million Jews fled Russia, many settling in the United States.

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Ukrainian President Not Going to Israel

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From Ukrainian President Not Going to Israel. Here’s why: Israeli authorities have declined Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko’s request to visit Israel for Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes Remembrance Day on April 16. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has asked Kiev several times to coordinate a time for an official visit, but the timeframe has shifted repeatedly. Two weeks ago, Yushchenko sent a request to visit during the observance. According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, Yushchenko intended to use his visit to draw parallels between the Jewish Holocaust and the Ukrainian Holodomor, the famine of 1932-1933. Kiev holds that the artificial famine was

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Russia gives Iran ultimatum on enrichment

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Hmmm, this is odd considering the somewhat close relationship Russia has with Iran, but, money always did influence political relationships. From the NY Times: Russia has informed Iran that it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran’s nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council, European, American and Iranian officials said.The ultimatum was delivered in Moscow last week by Igor Ivanov, Russia’s Security Council Secretary, to Ali Hosseini Tash, Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a confidential diplomatic exchange between two

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Today in Jewish History – Adar 18

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Sponsored by Aish.com: This date marks the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), on the very day that the “Doctors’ Plot” trial was set to begin. The Doctors’ Plot was one facet of Stalin’s ruthless anti-Semitic campaign that falsely charged the Jews with espionage against the Communist Party. It accused some of Russia’s most prestigious doctors — mostly Jews — of a vast plot to poison the top Soviet political and military leaders. Scores of Soviet Jews were fired from their jobs, arrested, sent to gulags or executed. This was accompanied by show trials and anti-Semitic propaganda. Pravda wrote:

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Swastikas, racist slogans painted on Vladivostok synagogue

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From Ha’aretz: Vandals scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic slogans on the walls of the main synagogue in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Friday, the second time the building has been defaced in less than six months. Jewish community leaders in the Pacific Coast city alerted police after they arrived at the synagogue in the morning and found it’s entrance door and outer walls covered with swastikas and slogans. Two adjacent buildings were also defaced. A similar incident occurred at the synagogue in October. Russia and the Soviet Union had a long history of state-sponsored anti-Semitism. The state no longer perpetuates

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