Russian Protesters Demand Ban on Chabad

Anti-Semitic demonstrators protesting the allocation of land to the Jewish community in the Russian city of Perm demanded the outlawing of the Chabad movement.

From the JTA:

More than 100 people attended the rally near the area that municipal authorities in Perm, which is located 870 miles east of Moscow, designated for transfer without charge to the local Jewish community that is headed by a Chabad rabbi. They sang a song titled “Holy War,” a patriotic tune widely identified with Russia’s fight against Nazi Germany.

Unrest around the Jewish community of Perm has been brewing for years amid accusations made in 2013 that the local Jewish community made unauthorized use of a local theater. Unidentified individuals that year tried to set fire to the local synagogue.

On Saturday, the protesters showed up with signs reading “Chabad out” and “liberate us Russians from Chabad.” One protester held a placard that read “Chabad settlement is over the line: 1547,” an apparent reference to  the decision that year by Ivan the Terrible, a grand prince of Moscow, to ban Jews from entering or living in his kingdom because they “bring about great evil.”

But participants insisted they are protesting against Chabad specifically and not against Jews in general, the Russian news site Ura reported.

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A protester holds a sign that says "Chabad will not pass!" (The letters "ad" are circled, meaning hell in Russian)
A protester holds a sign that says “Chabad will not pass!” (The letters “ad” are circled, meaning “hell” in Russian)
“Putin! Our governor is giving away Perm to Chabad”
“President! Protect Perm from Chabad!” (The letters “ad” are highlighted, meaning “hell” in Russian)



  • 1. Yosef Mordechai wrote:

    I don’t get it, they don’t like chabad but other Jews are fine ? So let me get this straight, if Satmar would “let’s say” make a kiryas yoel in this city, these ppl would have no issue ? What did Lubavitch do to them that they hate them so much ? There’s gotta be more 2 this story !!!

    • 2. melamed wrote:

      Theres got to be more to it. We readers get the final script filtered down only after all the real inside stuff had been secured out of sight. Who knows what when on in there.

    • 3. buchurel wrote:

      No, if Satmar would make a Kiryas Yoel in that city they’d be against Satmar, because they’d have never heard of Chabad.

      In the old days they’d have just said “the Jews,” but you can’t say that anymore so they got specific and said Chabad.

  • 4. melamed wrote:

    Ivan HaRasha grew up bullying other boys and established his turf at the age 12 when he’d behead his buddy’s, while riding his horse. He was feared.

  • 8. To comment #3 wrote:

    Ur right they just hate “Jews” in general, but bec today u can’t say “We Hate Jews” they have 2 make it politically correct & just be against “Lubavitch” but ur right if Satmar, Ger, Belz or Skver would be building something there they would make hateful protests against all of them, & even if Lakewood would want 2 start a kollel there, as they start Kollelim all over the US & the world, they would make a protest against “Lakewood” so it doesn’t matter which branch of Yiddishkiet, Chassidish, Litvish, Sfardi it don’t matter, they r just Jew Haters & that’s what they will always be. But I still believe there is more 2 the story. Thank u


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