Jewish teen attacked in Russia

Community leaders in a southern Russian city are pressing local
authorities to protect a Jewish teen following an anti-Semitic attack. The AEN news agency
reported that the 16-year-old boy was severely beaten by his neighbor in the village of Sulyaevsky. The youth, whose name has been withheld, was hospitalized with head
injuries and a broken nose.Citing the possibility of
further attacks, the youth and his family will not return to their
village. Community activists in Volgograd have appealed to the regional prosecutor’s office
and the region’s human rights ombudsman in an attempt to expedite the
investigation.
The incident follows two significant anti-Semitic attacks last year in this
southern region. In September, vandals attacked the Or Avner Jewish
School in Volgograd, painting anti-Semitic slogans and severely wounding a guard
from the interior ministry. The following day, 30 gravestones in the local
Jewish cemetery were knocked over.

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