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Jewish Pilgrims Attacked at Ukraine Tomb of Revered Rabbi

Ukrainian Jews continue to suffer from anti-Semitic persecution and violence - one reason why The Fellowship and our faithful supporters continue to airlift them to Israel aboard Freedom Flights. Now, The Times of Israel's Stuart Winer reports on an incident at the tomb of a revered rabbi, where Ukrainian Jews were tear-gassed by Neo-Nazis before the site was desecrated:

Jewish worshipers in Ukraine were teargassed and the grave of Hasidic Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav was defiled with fake blood and a pigs head in a Wednesday night attack at the popular pilgrimage site visited by tens of thousands of Jews every year.

The incident, at about 2 a.m. in the central city of Uman, was quickly condemned by officials in Israel, with lawmakers calling on Ukrainian authorities to boost security and swiftly seek justice for the perpetrators.

Two Israeli nationals were taken to a local hospital for treatment after the attack, according to Rabbi Yisrael Elhadad, the sexton of the synagogue on the site of the tomb, told Israeli media.

Elhadad described the attackers as neo-Nazis.

“Two of them came in with bottles of paint and sprayed tear gas at worshipers there..."

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