В специальном интервью 7-му каналу Главный раввин Харькова Моше Москович сообщил, что все больше и больше украинских евреев хотят покинуть Украину и переехать в Израиль.
Kharkov Rabbi: More Jews Seeking to Leave for Israel
In a special interview with Arutz Sheva, the Rabbi of the city of Kharkov in Ukraine, Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz, discussed the concerns of Jews in the city in the wake of the recent unrest in Kharkov, and the fact that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych took refuge there.
Rabbi Moskwitz said that the community was “fine,” despite the unrest. The community is hopeful that the matter is now settled, and that Kharkov will not be the focus of further protests, given the decision of Yanukovych to pass through the city as he attempted to leave Ukraine.
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been released from prison and is likely to be Ukraine's next premier, has had very good relations with the Jewish community in the past, Rabbi Moskwitz said. However, he said, many of her supporters are anti-Semitic. Rabbi Moskwitz said that he hopes that this will not be a problem for the Jewish community in the coming days.
“The leaders of small communities in Ukraine have been leading their communities with great self-sacrifice,” he said. In Kharkov itself, Rabbi Moskwitz said, the community is busy preparing for the upcoming Purim holiday.
His job, Rabbi Moskwitz said, as a Chabad community leader, was to provide leadership for Jews in the city who live there. However, he said, a number of Jews have already expressed a desire to leave Ukraine and emigrate to Israel. The unrest of recent month is what has brought this desire to the fore, he said.
"Евреи, немедленно бегите из Украины!"
Украинский раввин призывает евреев Киева покинуть город
Ukrainian rabbi tells Kiev's Jews to flee city
Fearing violence against Ukraine's Jews, the Jewish community asks Israel for assistance with the security of the community.
Published 16:20 22.02.14
Ukrainian Rabbi Moshe Reuven Azman, called on Kiev's Jews to leave the city and even the country if possible, fearing that the city's Jews will be victimized in the chaos, Israeli daily Maariv reported Friday.
"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."
Protesters in the Ukrainian capital claimed full control of the city Saturday following the signing of a Western-brokered peace deal aimed at ending the nation's three-month political crisis.
President Viktor Yanukovich is still in Ukraine, a senior security source told Reuters on Saturday following reports his residence was empty and unguarded and his Kiev offices were in the hands of protesters.
Correction (Feb. 22, 4:20 P.M.): An earlier version of this report incorrectly described Rabbi Azman as the chief rabbi of Ukraine. Azman is not the country's chief rabbi, but one of two rabbis challenging the official chief rabbi, Yaakov Bleich, in Kiev, and like most Chabad rabbis, is aligned with the Kremlin.
Украинский раввин, Moshe Reuven Azman, призывает киевских евреев как можно быстро покинуть город и страну, "Чтобы они не стали жертвами хаоса".