Israeli Security Experts Head Out to Kiev to Train Local Jews in Self-defense

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A group of Israeli self-defense experts is being dispatched to Ukraine to hold a special training session for members of the local Jewish community there, amid mounting fears that the regional conflict may spark a new wave of anti-Semitism.

The workshop was initiated by Alexander Levin, the head of the World Forum of Russian-Speaking Jewry and president of the Kiev Jewish community. Three instructors from Ozma -- a special project supported by the forum that sends Israeli security specialists to communities around the world where local Jews are under threat – will run the workshop. A similar workshop was held in Brussels last month.

The Ozma instructors are all former members of the Israeli security services with training in first aid. About thirty members of the Kiev Jewish community are expected to participate in the workshop. Besides teaching them self-defense techniques, the instructors will also focus on crisis management tactics required in emergency situations.

The scenes at Independence Square during anti-government protests in Kiev last month prompted fears for the security of Ukraine's Jews. Credit: Reuters

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