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

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.

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“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.”

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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.

34 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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