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‘Death to Jews’ Graffiti Sprayed on Crimean Synagogue

By: JTA

Unknown individuals painted swastikas and the phrase “Death to the Jews” on a synagogue in the Crimea region of southern Ukraine.

The graffiti was found Friday on the door and facade of the Reform Ner Tamid synagogue in Simferopol in the Crimean peninsula, the Russian-Israeli news site izrus.co.il reported.

Anatoly Gendin, head of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea, told the news site that the perpetrators needed to climb a 2-meter wall to reach the building.

“Clearly, it was important for the anti-Semites to commit this crime. Since the crisis began prices went up by 30 percent, pensions aren’t being paid. As usual, Jews are blamed [for] these disasters and Jews are held responsible. I am afraid to think how this will progress,” he wrote in a statement sent to media by the World Union for Progressive Judaism.

The attack took place as Ukrainian troops reported takeovers of two airports in the Crimea region by forces they said were Russian. The Crimea region is heavily populated by ethnic Russians.

Protests against Ukraine’s elected president, Viktor Yanukovich, forced him to flee to the capital city of Kiev after scores died in bloody street clashes last week. The protest movement was spurred by his policy of privileging Ukraine’s ties to Russia integration with the European Union.

Earlier this week, firebombs hit the Chabad-run Orthodox Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, located 250 miles southeast of Kiev. That attack caused only minor damage.

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10 Responses to “‘Death to Jews’ Graffiti Sprayed on Crimean Synagogue”

  1. Sandra Wosk says:

    disgusting .. they should be shot..!!!

  2. Yup! ‘Gotta have a Scape Goat but why is always the Jew ?

  3. Cody Flecker says:

    We all seemed to have forgotten just how anti semitic the Ukrainians have been towards the Jews over the centuries. Prison guards in the Concentration Camps, and those guarding the freight trains coming in with Jews were all for the most part Ukrainians. Please have no love for these murderers and butchers. I am not a communist or a lover of Russia, but they too suffered greatly by the hands of the Ukrainians.

  4. Yuriy Aleksander says:

    Complete and utter bull****! The phrase was written by FSB operatives precisely to get the same reaction and ignite the hatred where it does not exist. sounds like you sir have a covert sympathy for a new nazi russia that it became… shame on you

  5. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Yuriy,

    While I applaud the ouster of Russian puppet Yanukovitch, while I utterly despise Putin's increasingly dictatorial stances and his imperial advances on his neighbors' territories, it would behoove you to review some of Ukraine's history. Let's start with Bohdan Khmelnitsky, a Ukranian national hero! Tens of thousands of Jews were murdered by his blood thirsty hordes of Cossacks from 1648 to 1655 after he vowed to cleanse the Ukranian soil of any Jews. He had many Jews buried alive, far more cut to small pieces and did horrendous things to women whose only crime consisted in being Jewish. I guess the Hetman's idea of cleansing Ukrainian soil was bathing it in Jewish blood… All this long before the world ever nightmared of the likes of Adolf Hitler (CURSED BE HIS NAME!!!!)

    After World War I, when Ukraine managed to tear itself away – temporarily – from Russia, under Symon Petliura and Jews in Ukraine were given (on paper) freedoms unprecedented in other European nations, the army had no compunctions about engaging in murderous pogroms and exterminated thousands of Jews. Petliura's only comment was “it is a pity that pogroms take place, but they uphold the discipline of the army.” I guess Jewish blood was still cheap and the rights accorded them – on paper – were worth less than the ink they were written with.

    Fast forward to World War II… would you care to see the long, long list of Ukrainian concentration camp guards? Everyone one of them proud of being Ukrainian, everyone one of them proud of doing his part to cleanse Europe of Jews.

    Eighteen years ago, one of my daughters taught in Lvyv, the antisemitic epithets hurled at her everyday, Lvyv once boasted a sizable Jewish presence, alas, the Ukranian nationalists during WWII did their utmost to eradicate it, even if didn't entirely succeed.

    Yuriy, whitewashing Ukranian history vis-a-vis the Jews will not wash away the blood, the lies and the denial will at best making seem less murderous than it was, but no amount of lies, no amount of denial, no amount of ignorance will ever fully wash away the blood soaked hands of the Ukraine.

    Yuriy, please don't pretend that the Jews brought those pogroms upon themselves, don't pretend they never happened. Nothing in history could ever justify the murders of innocents by bloodthirsty Ukranians.

  6. Yuriy Aleksander says:

    Chaim, i know history quite well and the review is unnecessary, besides no one is advocating to forget the past, on the contrary. But to tell people to hate the whole nation is wrong. Do you hate all present day germans for what Hitler did? I sincerely doubt that. It would be at best naive to believe anything that come out from the Russian propaganda machine, especially when we know why it is happening. Shalom

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