web analytics
July 31, 2015 / 15 Av, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Shutdown Keeps US Antisemitism Envoy from Ukraine Conference

By: JTA

Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism, canceled his attendance at a landmark conference in Kiev because of the U.S. government shutdown, according to a conference organizer.

Forman, who was scheduled to be the opening speaker Tuesday at the two-day conference marking the 100th anniversary of the Beilis blood libel trial, canceled shortly before its opening with an apology to organizers of the high-profile event, JTA has learned.

“Mr. Forman has cited the shutdown,” said Eduard Dolinsky, executive director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee, in reference to the standoff that began when Congress missed an Oct. 1 deadline to pass a budget.

The U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, is attending the conference, titled “From the Beilis Trial to Berlin and Beyond,” but will not address its 250 participants, including high-level envoys from at least 12 countries.

“It is unfortunate, but that is the way it is,” said Dolinsky, who organized the event with Oleksandr Feldman, president of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee and a member of the Ukraine parliament. Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul spoke at the event.

The Beilis trial was based on an anti-Semitic blood libel that czarist Russian authorities fabricated in Kiev.

Gideon Behar, Forman’s Israeli counterpart, told the conference that “unfortunately, blood libels are still around even 100 years after the trial of Menachem Mendel Beilis, largely thanks to Iran’s efforts to propagate them.”

Beilis was acquitted in 1903 of allegations that he murdered a Christian to use his blood for worship. His trial, often compared with that of Alfred Dreyfuss in France, generated intense interest by international media and served as a catalyst for Jewish emigration out of Europe, according to historians.

Beilis’ grandson, the U.S.-born Jay Beilis, also attended the conference.

Other speakers include the ambassadors to Ukraine from Germany, Israel and at least seven European states, as well as representatives from the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the American Jewish Committee and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, or OSCE, which is chaired by Ukraine.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “Shutdown Keeps US Antisemitism Envoy from Ukraine Conference”

  1. Carolin Knox says:

    What baloney. This admin. chooses what the shutdown effects and what it doesn’t. Another embarrassment….

  2. Carolin Knox says:

    What baloney. This admin. chooses what the shutdown effects and what it doesn’t. Another embarrassment….

  3. Bullderm, poppycock, and hogwash, to be exceedingly polite – Obummer, bummer.

  4. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    Bullderm, poppycock, and hogwash, to be exceedingly polite – Obummer, bummer.

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    and he cant advance the money for the ticket in the meantime. It is more than that!
    What?

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
PUG Meeting
Abbas Reshuffles Unity Govt with Hamas, Claims ISIS Is Already in Gaza, ‘No Sense Denying It’
Latest News Stories
PUG Meeting

Hamas said that the unity government’s reshuffle was “unconstitutional and outside consensus.”

Ravensburg Marienplatz31 Stolpersteine Landauer

Jewish community leaders argued these “stolpersteine” — German for stumbling blocks — were an inappropriate form of remembrance because people would step on them.

Stabbing at Gay Parade

The stabber is an ultra-Orthodox man who had stabbed three marchers at the gay pride parade in Jerusalem 10 years ago.

Hamas terrorists usually fired rockets at Israeli towns from civilian areas in Gaza.

NGO-Monitor’s questions raises questions about AI’s professionalism and credibility…

Tel Aviv’s talent resources were ranked 3rd in the world — behind 2nd place Moscow and 1st place Silicon Valley.

The Prime Minister said that the procedures for inspections are “full of holes.”

“The deal before us now is simply too dangerous for the American people.”

Rabbis will appeal to Congressmen, especially the Jews, immediately before the Rosh HaShanah New Year.

A massive heat wave is expected to last throughout most of next week, if not longer.

Israel president Ruby Rivlin visits an IDF naval base in Haifa on July 28, 2015.

Growing opposition to the nuclear agreement could break the back of “uncertain” Democrats in Congress.

Canada is buying Israeli Iron Dome radar that is able to detect rockets, artillery and mortars at long ranges, and can simultaneously engage a large number of targets. Ottawa’s Dept. of National Defense awarded the contract to ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), and Rheinmetall-Canada. The radar system offers exceptional detection […]

Dore Gold pointed out to American Jewish Leaders that Israel and Sunni Muslims agree on Iran.

Turkey paradoxically accuses the outlawed Kurdish PKK terror group of collaborating with ISIS.

Israeli military medics rescued a Palestinian Authority Arab girl in Hebron on Thursday.

At least 2 Border Guard officers refused early Thursday to expel families from the ruins of Sa-Nur.

More Articles from JTA

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]

“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.

The Nazis nearly destroyed the 17th synagogue.

Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.

Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]

A fundraising campaign started quietly by two first graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease just passed the $1 million mark.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shutdown-keeps-us-antisemitism-envoy-from-ukraine-conference/2013/10/15/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: