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Ukraine Jews From Israel Defense Forces Combat Units Defend Themselves From Anti-Semitism
Israel News Agency / JTA ^ | May 8, 2014 | Joel Leyden

Posted on 05/08/2014 12:41:19 PM PDT by IsraelBeach

Ukraine Jews From Israel Defense Forces Combat Units Defend Themselves From Anti-Semitism

By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency

Ukrainian and Israeli Jews with extensive combat and intelligence skills have formed a rapid intervention force to stop anti-Semitic attacks in the Ukraine.

The force, which was set up in recent weeks, currently is made up of eight men who served in the Ukrainian or Israeli armies or have martial arts skills, the team’s founder, Tzvi Arieli, told JTA Thursday.

The Israel News Agency quoted security sources in Israel two weeks ago that Israel Defense Forces veterans were coordinating a potent effect to identify sources of anti-Semitic attacks in the Ukraine and take the battle to the attackers. The INA said that much of the coordination was actually coming from the Russian government in order to create Jewish support for Russian troops.

Security sources have told the INA that over 200 Israelis from special forces units in the IDF are now on the ground in the Ukraine. These forces, which are acting as private citizens, are prepared to confront Russian command and control military units and expose their activities.

The defenders are armed with baseball bats that an American donor whose family hails from Kiev sent the team, he added.

“We are trying to raise funds for bullet-proof vests which would greatly increase safety if the situation escalates,” said Arieli, a Latvia-born former soldier of a special forces unit in the Israel Defense Forces who lives in Ukraine.

Arieli said he set up the task force — which now has its own Facebook page – at the request of Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a chief rabbi of Ukraine, following a series of anti-Semitic attacks that occurred in Kiev and beyond in the wake of a bloody revolution that erupted in November over former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s alleged corruption and perceived allegiance to Russia. Yanukovych was ousted from power in February.

The following month, Russian-backed troops seized control of the Crimean Peninsula – an area which used to belong to Ukraine and which Russia promptly annexed, claiming residents had sought Russian protection for fear of Ukrainian nationalism in the post-revolution period. Hundreds have died in clashes between different interest groups and militias.

“In talks with officials, it became clear the authorities could offer limited protection to the Jewish community so we needed to take security into our own hands,” said Arieli, who in March helped organize the medical evacuation of Ukrainians who had been wounded in fighting to Israel. He said the self-defense team was acting with Ukrainian authorities’ knowledge and consent.

Arieli also noted that Ukraine, where anti-Semitic assaults used to be rare occurrences, has seen four serious physical assaults against Orthodox Jews and two attempts to torch synagogues.

“These attacks were well-planned,” said Arieli, who blamed pro-Russian militants whom he said were trying to justify Russian aggression.

The Kremlin and some pro-Russian Ukrainians have blamed far-right Ukrainians for the attacks. “The current reality means that even tomorrow we could find 20 people with firebombs outside the synagogue. We need to be prepared,” said Arieli.

The team is scheduled to deploy on Friday in Kiev to fend off any violence against Jewish targets during events that commemorate the May 9 surrender 69 years ago of Nazi Germany to the Russian army.


TOPICS: Government; Military/Veterans; Politics; Religion
KEYWORDS: israel; jewish; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 05/08/2014 12:41:20 PM PDT by IsraelBeach
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To: IsraelBeach

I have a nice collection of AK-74s and a boatload of ex-soviet ammo I’d send them if I knew how to do it legally.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 12:44:25 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: IsraelBeach

Glad to hear it. Hope they pulverize the anti-Semetic bastards. Maybe it’s me but that headline is hard to understand.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 12:45:04 PM PDT by jmacusa
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To: SJackson

for your ping list.

Not sure it’s entirely wise to publicize his name but kol hakavod to this group!


4 posted on 05/08/2014 12:45:11 PM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: IsraelBeach

Good. It will help clarify the issue if it’s known just what groups are attacking the Jewish population. Stop the finger pointing until there’s evidence.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 12:48:42 PM PDT by grania
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To: IsraelBeach

WHY are they armed with sporting goods, instead of FIREARMS???


6 posted on 05/08/2014 1:10:27 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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7 posted on 05/08/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: IsraelBeach

Why would Jews living in Kiev need protection from the peaceful pro-European, pro-democracy crowd which runs it now?


8 posted on 05/08/2014 1:47:31 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: IsraelBeach

So eight Israelis and Ukranian expatriates are going to invade the Ukraine the next time somebody tosses a dirty snowball at someone and shouts “rzydko!” And Russia is coordinating this? Why am I skeptical?


9 posted on 05/08/2014 2:40:26 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: mac_truck
Why would Jews living in Kiev need protection from the peaceful pro-European, pro-democracy crowd which runs it now?

That is not what the group in the article says. They say they need protection from Russians and they blame Russians for anti-Semitic attacks.

From the article:

Arieli also noted that Ukraine, where anti-Semitic assaults used to be rare occurrences, has seen four serious physical assaults against Orthodox Jews and two attempts to torch synagogues.

“These attacks were well-planned,” said Arieli, who blamed pro-Russian militants whom he said were trying to justify Russian aggression.

10 posted on 05/08/2014 2:43:57 PM PDT by Krosan
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Krosan.


11 posted on 05/08/2014 5:32:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Krosan
Yes, but the article states that:

The INA said that much of the coordination was actually coming from the Russian government in order to create Jewish support for Russian troops.

It sounds as if the Jewish population is being encouraged to take on a role as representatives of Russia's interests.

These Israeli Defense Force veterans need to stay home. There is no reason to do anything but defend one's own homeland, don't get involved elsewhere, it is complicated.

12 posted on 05/08/2014 10:33:10 PM PDT by BlackVeil ('The past is never dead. It's not even past.' William Faulkner)
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To: SunkenCiv; IsraelBeach

“When we look at what is going on the ground in Eastern Ukraine, we are seeing the revival of language of Russian imperial ideology from 100 years ago, which is both very nationalistic and very anti-Semitic, as well as anti-Ukrainian.”

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/05/07/why_jews_and_ukrainians_have_become_unlikely_allies


13 posted on 05/09/2014 12:13:59 PM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: IsraelBeach
John McCain Went To Ukraine And Stood On Stage With A Man Accused Of Being An Anti-Semitic Neo-Nazi
14 posted on 05/09/2014 12:15:51 PM PDT by McGruff (Don't believe everything you read on the Internet. And anything from the MSM.)
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