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Critically Wounded Jewish Mayor Airlifted from Ukraine to Israeli Hospital

Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz asked the public to pray for 'Moshe ben Chana,' the mayor's Hebrew name.
Kharkov Mayor Gennady Kernes and Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz.

Kharkov Mayor Gennady Kernes and Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Moshe Moskowitz.
Photo Credit: Courtesy, Chabad.org

Unidentified gunmen who tried to murder the Jewish mayor of the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov failed in their mission – and Mayor Gennady Kernes is now in Israel, having been airlifted for advanced treatment to the Holy Land overnight.

The critically wounded mayor was shot in the back on Monday by masked gunmen in the pro-Russian separatist province of Donetsk. It is still not clear who carried out the assassination attempt, or why. A number of cities have fallen to separatist efforts to take control.

“The plane departed from the Kharkov airport at 3:20 a.m. local time,” said a spokesperson for the Kharkov city council. Valery Boiko, director of surgery at the Kharkov Institute for General and Emergency Surgery, told Chabad.org the Jewish mayor had suffered severe damage to his thoracic organs and abdominal cavity.

“All we can do now is pray,” said Rabbi Moshe Moskovitz, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and chief rabbi to Kharkov. He asked the public to pray for Moshe ben Chana, the Hebrew name of Mayor Kernes.

“He’s a good friend of the Jewish community, and has helped us in many ways,” the rabbi noted. “He’s very proud of his Jewish heritage; he received a Jewish name six years ago when he had a bris (circumcision) through us,” he told Chabad.org. “He puts on tefillin regularly, shakes lulav and esrog. We are all praying for him.”

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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34 Responses to “Critically Wounded Jewish Mayor Airlifted from Ukraine to Israeli Hospital”

  1. He should stay in Israel & the rest of the jews in Kharkov should follow him.

  2. Peggy Green says:

    Circa 1933 all over again. WAKE UP WORLD!!!!!

  3. Has the world gone crazy again? Hatefilled comments and bullets….WTF?

  4. Margo Thomas says:

    God be with this man. The Jews are a very loving and devoted people. The evil that guided this tragedy is from the pit of hell–the very same spirit that guided Herod, Stalin, Hitler, etc. it came from the pit of hell and is demonic to the core.

  5. Ukrainian Jews. Get out of Ukraine, please!

  6. Kol hakavod to Israel. Thank G-d for Israel our Jewish homeland.

  7. I pray to G-d he survives and recovers completely. That Ukraine is filled with killing trash on both sides, and the Jews there should leave if at all possible. Unfortunately my grandfather, cousins, uncles and aunts did not during ww2 and the Ukranians gleefully killed them at the behest of the nazis in their village.

  8. Ronna Tobin says:

    wishing this rabbi a refeumach schlaemach…….

  9. too much anti semitism en der veldt.

  10. too much anti semitism en der veldt.

  11. Well done Israel.

  12. at least this time there is a state of Israel

  13. Bob Talbot says:

    Speedy healing — Refuah Shleima!

  14. Cris Burns says:

    He better stay in Israel…

  15. Peggy, thank you but the world is stupid, lazy and apathetic.

  16. Sunny, looks like there is going to be a mass exodus from many countries, to Israel, and I will be the first to sponsor any family that wants to come to the U.S.

  17. I totally agree with you Margo Thomas , this is sickening and we need more support to stop this :(

  18. 99.9% of ours did not leave either :( This is not right and not right for them to try to kill off people as they wish to :(

  19. Isaac Taposh says:

    Get out and love your Gd. not the money or world. Messiahs wrath Is started, Since passover.

  20. Isaac Taposh says:

    Not only for Jew, also for the world.

  21. Isaac Taposh says:

    Love Your GD. you been save By GD.

  22. He should stay there …and I hope the others will follow.

  23. Stop supporting the nazi revolution in ukraine. Seriously. Putin is not a bad guy. Stop listening to your western media.

  24. Peggy Green says:

    You are so right. And I apologize to every Israeli for the horrific comments made by the Secretary of State of America. How dare he say that especially on the Holocaust Rememberance day. Am Israeli Chai!

  25. It almost feels like there’s some sort of conspiracy going on in Europe right now.

  26. Joseph Green says:

    STEP UP NATO AND DO YOUR JOB RIGHT!! PROTECT UKRAINIANS AND MAKE ALL RUSSIANS MOVE BACK INTO RUSSIA!!

  27. I’m afraid for the Jews in Ukraine

  28. Landon Sharp says:

    God Bless Israel you will be our ally to the end I hope our countries remain friends God Bless the Jews they are awesome people!!!!!!

  29. Assassination attempt FAILS…Jewish Ukrainian mayor now safely recovering in Israel. PRAISE GOD!

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