December 20, 2006

Three Orthodox Jews attacked in Ukraine

Received by email with no link, JTA Breaking News:
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Elhanan Shershevsky, an Israeli teacher at a Kiev synagogue, and two other Orthodox Jews, all in traditional Orthodox garb, were attacked Dec. 10 not far from Kiev’s main synagogue. The incident was not reported to the media for a week. According to witnesses, 10 young men hit the three Jews and a passer-by who tried to stop the attackers. Shershevsky suffered injuries and a concussion. The two other Jews were able to escape and call police. Police are investigating but no arrests have been reported. Yaakov Dov Bleich, chief rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine, told JTA he has no doubt that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism.