Belarus

  • Belarus Isn’t Fighting Anti-semitism, Leader Says After Shul is Firebombed

    A Jewish leader in Belarus is expressing fear and frustration following the firebombing of a Minsk synagogue late last month. “Jews once more felt themselves completely unprotected,” said Yakov Basin, one of the leaders of Belarus’ 60,000-strong Jewish community. On the final night of Chanukah in late December, unidentified arsonists smashed windows and threw a… More ▸

  • Neo-nazi Activists Suspected After Belarus Shul is Vandalized

    Vandals have attacked a synagogue in Minsk, according to Jewish leaders in the capital of the former Soviet republic of Belarus. In the attack, which occurred on April 12 and coincided with the Orthodox Christian Easter, the arsonists set fire to the entrance of the Dauman Street Synagogue and the slogan “Bash the Yids, Save… More ▸

  • Belarus Radio Promotes Anti-semitic ‘protocols’

    The world’s most famous anti-Semitic fabrication is back. Sections of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” were quoted recently on a show broadcast over Belarussian state radio. The show, titled, “The Sacred and the Profane,” called on the listeners to judge the authenticity of the “The Protocols” from its predictions about the current political… More ▸

  • Belarus May Supply Arms to Nations Hostile to Israel

    Belarus might become an arms supplier to the Middle East. The president of Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko, recently wrapped up a trip to Tehran and Damascus during which he said he welcomed increased cooperation between the former Soviet republic and the two countries. Some experts worry that Belarus, which has been increasingly ruled with an iron… More ▸

  • Rabbi Arrested in Belarus

    An American rabbi who once held a title of chief rabbi of Belarus spent a day behind the bars in Belarus last week for allegedly trying to smuggle valuable Hebrew books out of the former Soviet republic. Rabbi Velvl Tabak was arrested on Wednesday and released on bail the following day, according to Yuri Dorn,… More ▸

  • Reform Group in Belarus Gets a Torah from Oklahoma

    A Reform congregation in Belarus has received a Torah scroll as a gift from its sister congregation in Oklahoma. The scroll, which the Minsk congregation Simcha received in a ceremony in the Belarussian capital last week, is being kept at a private apartment. Simcha is the only Reform congregation in Belarus to have its own… More ▸

  • Nazis or Communists? Belarus Probes World War Ii-era Murders

    Belarus has reopened an investigation into a series of mass executions of the country’s citizens during the World War II era. The move came after a member of the original investigative team was quoted as saying the results of that inquiry were falsified. One official has suggested that Nazi units — not Stalin’s secret police,… More ▸

  • Jewish School Opposed in Belarus

    A group of teen-agers have protested the presence of a Jewish Sunday school in a Belarussian town near the capital of Minsk. The demonstrators at the recent rally in Borisov — most of whom were high school students — attempted to prevent the Jewish students from attending classes. Some of the protesters held banners reading… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Belarus Jews Remaining Calm Amid Rising Political Turmoil

    The Jews of Belarus are keeping a low profile in the wake of a crackdown on political dissent and free speech, according to community leaders and activists in this former Soviet republic. In this respect, they say, the Jewish community is not unlike the majority of the nation’s population. “Jews are not involved in politics… More ▸

  • Belarus Jewish Statement on Anti-semitism Published

    The Jewish community of Belarus has issued a statement calling on the government to condemn recent anti-Semitic acts in the country. The statement was adopted earlier this month by the Association of Jewish Communities of Belarus, but was only released last week. In the statement, the association said it had reacted with alarm to the… More ▸