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Chief Rabbi of Nikolayev, Ukraine on Firebomb Attack

Nikolayev Synagogue Daylight

Photo Credit: Yisrolik Gottlib

On Sunday, JewishPress.com reported on the firebomb attack on the Nikolayev synagogue in the Ukraine.

Chabad.org interviewed Nikolayev’s chief rabbi, Rabbi Shalom Gotlieb about the attack, also on Sunday.

Here is an excerpt from their report:

“We came to synagogue on Shabbat morning, and it was quite scary,” said Rabbi Sholom Gotlieb, the chief rabbi of Nikolayev and the city’s Chabad representative since 1996. “We saw the front door and window of the synagogue were blackened.”

Synagogue surveillance footage showed a young man pacing in front of the synagogue shortly after 2 a.m. He then bent down and ignited a Molotov cocktail, lobbing it at the doors. Fifteen seconds later, he threw a second one at the window.

“He tried to light the synagogue on fire, but thank G-d, there are gates on the windows, so it did not go inside, but the window did get burnt, obviously,” added Gotlieb.

The resulting fire was put out by a stranger who happened to be driving by the synagogue and noticed the blaze, said Gotlieb. The man pulled a fire extinguisher out of his car, dousing the flames.

You can read their full report on Chabad.org.

As an aside, in response to some of the commenters calling the video a hoax, you should note that grass, when viewed though an infrared camera, looks like snow.

You can watch the entire attack on the video below.

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27 Responses to “Chief Rabbi of Nikolayev, Ukraine on Firebomb Attack”

  1. You should interview the Rabbi of malmö, sweden. Here attacks happen all the time.

  2. Lol Swedenstan is a lost cause. Didn’t they just approve legislation banning anything critical of Islam on the Internet there? Bye bye Europe. Next in line is the US.

  3. Linda Lutkus says:

    This is absolutely horrible. I hate reading these stories even though we need to know what’s happening. Please pray for The Lord to protect His children. Keep your eyes upward.

  4. Linda Lutkus says:

    This is absolutely horrible. I hate reading these stories even though we need to know what’s happening. Please pray for The Lord to protect His children. Keep your eyes upward.

  5. Linda Lutkus says:

    This is absolutely horrible. I hate reading these stories even though we need to know what’s happening. Please pray for The Lord to protect His children. Keep your eyes upward.

  6. Gene Strong says:

    Deport all Muslims from Jerusalem and gaza….import eastern European & Russian Jews now in danger.

  7. Not only in Malmö, it happens all around the world, because crazy haters are in every area – people hate as they do love – non-rational. Our synagogue in Bremen is ever supported by police presence, the whole week, because security goes first. The two Christian churches and their members in the neighborhood help where they can. It’s important to help. In the case of Ukraine it’s not different – people help, it doesn’t matter what some pro-Putin’s provocateurs will do to blame the new government for their own anti-Semitic sabotage actions – than Ukrainians, Jewish and non-Jewish, are united there and help each other. May HaShem bless Israel!

  8. And northern Jews. All jews of Europe!!!! /Jew living in Sweden

  9. It happens all around the world, because crazy haters are in every area – people hate as they do love – non-rational. Our synagogue in Bremen is ever supported by police presence, the whole week, because security goes first. The two Christian churches and their members in the neighborhood help where they can. It’s important to help. In the case of Ukraine it’s not different – people help, it doesn’t matter what some pro-Putin’s provocateurs will do to blame the new government for their own anti-Semitic sabotage actions here or there – than Ukrainians, Jewish and non-Jewish, are united today and help each other. May HaShem bless Israel!

  10. The Jewish kindergarten in Malmö has to have bulletproof glass and thick security doors because they have been attacked so many times. The Rabbi cant walk on the streets without being spit on and called names, even assaulted. If you have a pro-israeli rally, you will get attacked with firebombs, bottles, eggs and even by other people physically. The rabbis family have been threatened to death. And people cant wear Jewish symbols without being assaulted. A man died a while ago in Stockholm because he was Jewish, he was assaulted and killed in a Subway station. Security surrounds every jewish building especially every synagogue. One of the smaller synagogues didnt have security, the only one in my town (Helsingborg), and you know what happened? One saturday efternoon it got burned to the ground. And now we dont have any synagogue or Jewish building here anymore. Here, very few non-Jews are as united with the Jews. The Jews are mostly left on their own to handle their own problems. And guess what? Some politicians have even blamed the antisemitism in Sweden on Israeli politics and in that way somehow justified it and giving them a reason not to do anything about it. The worst part is that they actually believe in it.
    We all need to come home, all Jews, especially in europe. This ship is going down…

  11. Of course, there is an anti-Zionist movement in the Western Left as in the Western Right, and also in the Eastern countries I work with. When I say in Germany or in Greece, that I’m a Zionist and I do support the state Israel in any possible way, and that I buy aricles produced in Israel and make sure to ignore the boycott against Israel, it sounds strange to the most people, in Western and in Eastern Europe. Because they are totally indoctrinated – alone in the middle of the whole media propaganda against the state of Israel in the news with all the anti-Israel interpretations of the Gaza conflict. People are indoctrinated here by news to see in the politics of Israel a kind of a… Nazi regime, it sounds horrible and it is absurd, but I see and live it in any conversation – with moderate Left voters as with Marxists, or with moderate Right voters as with Nationalists. They all are victims of the news. And the media play a horrible role in this case and of course in many other cases. When I did send invitations to the most FB friends of mine here to support Soda Stream and to come to the group I support Scarlett Johansson against the haters – there were only 8 from all over 1.150 FB contacts, who did it – the most people don’t care, because of their own problems or just think, that a boycott against the state of Israel is a sign of some… acting of peace (because the media say so) – and, sadly, ignorance is the best field to put seeds of hate in. People don’t care what they see or hear or read in the media, they don’t ask, and to Think is an act of… heroism.

  12. Amen. I say, lets all move to Israel! Are you with me?

  13. Mandy Jacobs says:

    Since the Berlin Wall came down the whole of Europe
    Is driven once again by Antisemitism then you’ve got Muslum exstreamist over taking countries there are millions creeping in throughout the world and governments are siting back and is letting it happen in the UK you would think your living in an Islamic state I give it 15- 20 years and
    It will be .!!!!’

  14. For sure, I/we would. But it’s not the point – my opinion is, that it’s more important to create an immunity against anti-Semitism in the non-Jewish world. It’s important, that more people learn to accept that Israel is a souvern state with its own right to make choices to protect its citizens, and also is important that more people learn to understand the Middle East and what the Islamism and the Islamist terrorism does there. And also is important to see the Jewish citizens in every country in the world as all other minority or majority groups in the same country – as equal, not as a second class people.

  15. Sure. But look where that has gotten us. Everyone should make Aliyah. And then leave the rest of the world to hate as much as they want, at least they cant hurt us anymore.

  16. What are doing in Ukraine? Get out!

  17. What are doing in Ukraine? Get out!

  18. M'Lissa Saks says:

    Animals did this…..

  19. Yidden Leave!!!! Don’t wait for the return of the pogrom!

  20. We should have one of our orgs post a ranking of the most Jewish-friendly nations and those prone to anti-Semitism, in order of severity. I strongly suspect that he worst are where the muzzies are allowed or welcomed to reside. And what fools these countries are!!

  21. *Jeremiah 16.16* … To The People of The Book still residing in Europe:
    PLEASE Go Home – what are You waiting for?

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