Rabbi beaten in Ukraine

The chief rabbi of Sevastopol was attacked on his way to synagogue.

Rabbi Benjamin Wolf, who was dressed in traditional Orthodox garb, said he was beaten Friday night by four middle-aged men who shouted anti-Semitic threats at him. The rabbi suffered a broken nose and concussion and was treated at a local hospital.

 

Law enforcement agencies are investigating the attack. The rabbi described his assailants to police; no arrests have been reported.

Wolf told JTA that this is not first anti-Semitic attack in the Crimean town. He said believes that law enforcement agencies are unwilling to detain the attackers on the eve of parliamentary elections in Ukraine.

 

“No doubt that the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism,” the rabbi said.

 

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