Israelis beaten in Ukraine


Religious Israelis helping lead Sukkot observances were attacked in the Ukrainian city of Cherkassy.

Israeli yeshiva student Josef Rafaelov, 23, and two other religious Israeli Jews wearing traditional garb were attacked Sept. 29 not far from the city’s synagogue on their way to services. Six young men, who witnesses said looked in the age range of 18 to 20, allegedly beat the three men. Two escaped and reported the incident to police.

Rafaelov suffered head and other injuries. Doctors are describing his condition as stable.

Law enforcement agencies are investigating but no arrests have been reported.

Rabbi Dov Akselrod told JTA that anti-Semitic incidents are uncommon in the city.

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