Friday, March 14, 2014

Anti-Semites Suspected in Attack of a Kiev Rabbi; Many Ukrainians Blaming Jews for Nation's Chaos

Two unidentified men assaulted a rabbi yesterday in Kiev, Ukraine in a suspected anti-Semitic attack, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (March 14, 2014).

The men assaulted Rabbi Hillel Cohen -- who runs the Ukrainian branch of the Hatzalah emergency services organization -- on the street, his wife, Racheli Cohen, told JTA.

"They struck him in the leg, shouting anti-Semitic slurs, calling him a 'zhyd,' she said, using the Ukrainian word for 'kike.' This was clearly an anti-Semitic attack," Racheli Cohen said. Cohen was treated for minor injuries in a hospital and is recovering at his home in Kiev.

In an interview with JTA last month, Cohen said that the Ukrainian revolution increased the risk of anti-Semitic attacks because of the general breakdown of public order. Many Ukrainians are now blaming its Jews -- even using them as a scapegoat -- for the chaos and instability that has prevailed in Ukraine during the past several months.

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