JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two attackers are being held in the stabbing death in Ukraine of an Israeli Chasid.
Shmuel Tobol, 19, a member of the Breslov sect, was stabbed early Sunday morning in Uman while on a pilgrimage to the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on the 200th anniversary of his death. Tobol’s brother also was injured in the attack.
The brothers were chasing local residents who had attacked and damaged their car with rocks when a brawl ensued.
Tobol "was killed because he was Jewish," his friend Nachman Horowitz told Ynet.
Local Breslovers told Ynet that the attack was in retaliation for the stabbing of a local resident by a Jewish man during Rosh Hashanah.
Tobol recently was engaged to be married.