“Things may be done by Russians dressing up as Ukrainian nationalists…the same way the Nazis did when they wanted to go into Austria and created provocations,” Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich said today in New York City ahead of a scheduled meeting between Bleich, other Ukrainian leaders, and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Russia Staging Anti-Semitic “Provocations” In Ukraine To Justify Invasion, Chief Rabbi Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Earlier today, Ukraine’s Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich accused Russia of staging anti-Semitic “provocations” in Crimea in order to justify its invasion, the JTA reported.
“Things may be done by Russians dressing up as Ukrainian nationalists…the same way the Nazis did when they wanted to go into Austria and created provocations,” Bleich said today in New York City ahead of a scheduled meeting between Bleich, other Ukrainian leaders, and Secretary of State John Kerry.
Bleich, who is a vice president of the World Jewish Congress, announced the creation of an aid effort, KievRelief.org, meant to fund security for synagogues and mosques along with providing humanitarian relief for all Ukrainians.
Bleich, who was raised in Brooklyn but moved to Ukraine in 1989, said he will urge Kerry to move the upcoming G8 summit from Sochi, Russia to Kiev as a show of solidarity with Ukraine. He also said he would ask Kerry to consider sending in US troops to help protect the democracy from autocratic Russia’s takeover bid. Americans are “war-weary,” Bleich said, but Ukrainians need “boots on the ground to protect democracy” and to prevent “the cold war [with Russia] from getting hot.”
He said Russia was blowing the issue of Ukrainian anti-Semitism out of proportion to further its own political goals.
“The Russians are blowing this way, way out of proportion.…There were many differences of opinion throughout the revolution, but today all that [the pockets of anti-Semitism among some of the Ukrainian revolutionary parties] is gone. We’re faced by an outside threat called Russia. It’s brought everyone together.”
Most of the dire warnings about anti-Semitism in the Ukraine have come from Chabad rabbis aligned with Russia’s autocrat, Vladimir Putin.
After Bleich was named chief rabbi years ago, Chabad named its own chief rabbi and then followed by naming another and another, so at one point Ukraine had three Chabad rabbis, all representing different Chabad factions, all sent in from outside the country, all claiming to be the country’s sole chief rabbi . While that number has now shrunk to two, Chabad still tries to delegitimize Bleich – a Stoliner hasid whose aunt and uncle are each well known Chabad representatives, one in London and the other in Minnesota, as are several of Bleich’s first cousins.