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Report: Armed Men Threatened to Burn Down Ukrainian Rabbi’s Home

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(JTA) — Armed, masked men threatened to burn down the house of one of Ukraine’s chief rabbis, a spokeswoman from his office said.

The incident outside the Kiev-area residence of Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich occurred on May 23 at 1:30 a.m., Inna Yoffe, the executive director of the Jewish Confederation of Ukraine, told Ukrainian media last week.

Bleich, the confederation’s president, was not in the country at the time of the attack, which ended without serious injury, Yoffe told the television channel 112 Ukraine two days after the reported attack.

“There was an attack on a paramilitary guard outside the fence in front of the house,” she said. “The attackers were wearing masks and camouflage uniforms with machine guns; they arrived by an SUV.”

Yoffe said the attackers forced the guard to lie face down on the ground and told him they would kill him and burn down the house. She did not say how many men threatened the guard.

The men fled the scene after another guard from inside the residence called the police, Yoffe added. The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine filed a complaint with police over the assault.

Contacted by JTA, Bleich said the men who showed up outside his home did not target him specifically. According to his understanding, the rabbi said, the attack was not anti-Semitic.

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4 Responses to “Report: Armed Men Threatened to Burn Down Ukrainian Rabbi’s Home”

  1. this has to stop. Prayers

  2. Antisemitism in the Ukraine…time for the Jewish nation to come home.

  3. It never ends-vintage WW2 again. The Ukraine never was friendly to Jews. I know this because it was Ukranians helping their Nazi buddies that killed my grandfather, uncles, aunts and cousins in their village in WW2.

  4. The Ukrainians immediately enlisted in the Einsatzgruppen; many of the current residents are their children and grandchildren. If I remember correctly, there was a similar previous group, made up of a lot of Ukrainians. Ah yes, the Cossacks. The sound of suitcases snapping shut all over Ukraine would seem logical.

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