Ukrainian Government Must Ensure Rights, Safety of Minorities


Protests in Kiev, last week.

— by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Like millions of concerned people around the world, we hope that the emerging leadership in Ukraine will steer a course based on democratic values and inclusion, including guaranteeing rights and safety for its large Jewish communities and their communal institutions.

As the late Simon Wiesenthal said, “Where democracy is strong, it is good for Jews and where it is weak, it is bad for Jews.” Nothing will better guarantee a future for Ukrainian Jewry than the end of violent confrontations and the restoration of true democratic rule.

World Jewry’s concerns have been heightened with word of a firebomb attack on a synagogue southeast of the capital of Kiev Sunday night.

Victim Of Islamic Extremists Is Now Victim Of Mormon Missionairies

What do Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Elie Wiesel’s family and the parents of Simon Wiesenthal have in common?

They were all killed simply because they were Jews, yet they have been subjected to further indignation recently as Mormons have conducted “posthumous baptisms” in their name converting them from the Jewish faith to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This practice violates the agreement which the Church signed in 1995.

They all died for being Jews, but they are not allowed to rest in peace as Jews.

Daniel Pearl is the latest addition to the list. Daniel Pearl’s parents made the following statement to the Boston Globe:

To them we say, we appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny’s soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld. He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew, blessed, accepted and redeemed. For the record, let it be clear: Danny did not choose to be baptized, nor did his family consent to this uncalled-for ritual.

Pearl’s widow Marianne called on Gov. Mitt Romney to apologize on behalf of his church.