Ukrainian Jewish charity vandalized

KIEV, Ukraine (JTA) — A Jewish charity center was vandalized in Ukraine.

Unidentified attackers painted swastikas and anti-Jewish slurs on the walls of Hesed Yahva in the Crimean city of Feodosia. The vandalism occurred May 25 but was reported for the first time Friday.

Elena Kriulko, director of the charity, told JTA that in 2008 a local memorial to Holocaust victims was vandalized twice. She urged law enforcement agencies to conduct a thorough investigation of the Hesed Yahva vandalism.

Local Jewish activists told JTA that the most recent vandalism illustrates the lax attitude of local law enforcement agencies, as well as their attitude toward previous acts and anti-Semitic manifestations.

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