Who’s Really Behind Ukraine’s Synagogue Attacks? – Eli Lake (Daily Beast)
Jewish leaders in Ukraine believe that pro-Russian provocateurs are behind the attacks on their synagogues.
They say they are more worried about anti-Semitic attacks from Russian operatives and Yanukovych loyalists than the nationalists who gathered in Kiev to oust him.
Speaking of the recent vandalism at the synagogue in Simferopol, Joseph Zissels, the president of the Ukrainian Jewish community, said, “This is a provocation and a way to discredit the authorities in Kiev.”
Zissels said he was aware that some elements of the Ukrainian Maidan movement that ousted Yanukovych were enthusiasts of the Nazis, “but they are small, not well organized and do not play a major role….There are more neo-Nazi groups in Russia than there are in Ukraine.”