Vadim Shulman 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy Euro-Asian Jewish Congress)
“World War III has begun,” according to the newly elected president of the
Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC) Vadim Shulman.
The affluent businessman
who holds Israeli, Ukrainian and Russian citizenship was voted in unanimously to
helm the Jewish advocacy group by its General Council in Jerusalem on
During the meeting, a documentary he co-created called The
Mosque of Notre Dame of Paris
The film shows images of
9/11, the Beslan school terror attack and Hamas militants spliced with
interviews of commentators speaking alarmingly about the peril of radical Islam.
One of the animations in the film shows the spires of the famous Notre Dame
cathedral in Paris replaced with minarets, another has a mosque built on the
site of the former World Trade Center in New York City.
countries are shaken by radicalism – not Islam the religion – and it is
distorting countries,” Shulman told the council via satellite
Shulman, who could not attend in person because he was
observing the shiva mourning period for his mother, said the opening of Europe’s
borders to immigrants resulted in it being forced to “abandon its traditions of
thousands of years.”
Vladimir Sinelnikov, the documentary’s co-creator,
also spoke about the dystopia depicted in the film.
“It was important
that Shulman participate,” said Vladimir Sinelnikov. He was not only a pocket
but a coauthor and his heart is aching what is happening in the world
The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress is an affiliate of the World
Jewish Congress. Billionaire Alexander Machkevitch, who officially stepped down
earlier this month, founded the body 10 years ago.
After the meeting EAJC
Secretary General Michael Chlenov distanced the organization from the movie
screened at its council’s meeting.
“We should distinguish between the
EAJC and the movie,” he said. “One is the work of the head and another of the
heart. What was demonstrated is the latter.”
He added: “If you ask me,
WWIII has not broken out, but the potential is there.”
Earlier in the day
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sent a letter welcoming members of the EAJC to
“I’ve been impressed by the congress’s bolstering of Jewish
identity among Jewish communities in Eastern Europe and Asia,” the Prime
Minister’s Office said. “You’ve managed to tie these communities to Israel in a
praise worthy manner.”
Shulman was unanimously elected by the delegates
from the FSU. His only opposing candidate, Vladimir Herzberg, a retired
physicist from Beersheba who has launched several unsuccessful bids to head the
Jewish organizations, received no votes.
“To me, democracy is
incompatible with money,” Herzberg told the council. “I didn’t pay anything to
take part in these elections and even had I paid anything I wouldn’t get
anything. If I were the best president I would do a better job.”