Vandals hit Ukrainian Chabad official again


A Chabad official in Ukraine was targeted again by anti-Semitic vandals.

Anti-Semitic graffiti that included “Death to Jews!” was scrawled last week on the apartment door of Nohum Tamarin, executive director of the Zhitomir branch of the Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities.

Tamarin and his wife, Broha, were attacked and severely beaten in August near their synagogue by two neo-Nazis. In the summer of 2006, similar graffiti defaced the street-level door of the family’s apartment building in western Ukraine.

Local Jewish communal leaders told JTA that such incidents were possible because Ukrainian law enforcement failed to react to previous anti-Semitic incidents. They say attacks and assaults in Zhitomir have been occurring almost monthly this year, and that neo-Nazi groups are to blame.

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