Photo Credit: Hatzalah Ukraine / Hillel Cohen
An Orthodox student in the Ukraine was attacked and stabbed in January 2014.

Rabbi Hillel Cohen, the chairman of Hatzalah Ukraine was attacked and stabbed in Kiev, according to a report by Rotternik.

Cohen was on his way to the Kiev hospital to visit a sick Jewish tourist who had been hospitalized a few weeks earlier.

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Passing through an alley on the way to the hospital, Cohen was attacked in broad daylight by two youths, at 10 AM on Thursday.

Cohen was hit hard by the attackers, who yelled “Zhid” (Jew) at him, and other words in Russian.

Cohen was knocked down, injuring his hand in the fall. At that point the attackers began to stab him in the leg and back.

After the attackers ran away, Cohen managed to drag himself to the main street and catch a taxi which took him to the hospital.

In January of this year, an Orthodox student in Kiev (picture above) was also attacked in a violent antisemitic attack. The attack was part of a series of attacks that were specifically targeting Jews.

The photographer who took the photo attached to this article was Rabbi Hillel Cohen of Hatzalah Ukraine.

In an interview published Thursday in the Jewish Daily Forward, Ira Forman, the Obama administration’s special envoy on anti-Semitism, disputed claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukrainian revolutionaries were spreading hatred of Jews. Forman said Putin’s assertions were not credible.

“We have no indication that what President Putin has been saying about anti-Semitism has been a true reflection of what’s happening on the ground,” he said.

Tell that to Rabbi Cohen.

While there are Shelichim (emissaries) in the Ukraine doing important work, last week JewishPress.com reported on a group of Jews who want to make Aliyah. Maybe it’s time.

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47 COMMENTS

  1. What are you doing living amongst these kind of animals Rabbi. Hasn’t history told you that many Ukrainians for centuries hate and kill their Jewish fellow citizens. Why are any Jews with an 1/8th of a brain living amongst monsters like this??? Nothing has changed in their attitude and when ever things get snotty for them, the Jews become vulnerable to attack. “LEAVE THESE DEGENERATES NOW.” Then the monsters can kill one another !!!

  2. If I were the Rabbi or any other Jew, I would feel a lot more secure in Israel, with all the threats they have to deal with, then in the Ukraine or many other of the anti-Semitic countries in Europe. They have been learning it with there mothers milk for centuries and nothing has changed.

  3. I was born and lived almost 30 first years of my life in Kiev. I can state with confidence: Kiev was very anti-Semitic 25 years ago, when I left it for good, Baruch Hashem. As many other Kiev Jews, I learned yet in my childhood how to deal with anti-Semites ( kick buts). Some people told me Kiev is different now – I doubt it. With that being said, it is very possible that Putin and his propaganda lies – they always do!

  4. Andrzej Lozowski Mysle ze tak, moga. Sorry, but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and performs special operations like global assassinations and invasions of multiple countries, it's probably Putin and he's sending busloads of Russians across the border to prove his incessant line that Euromaidan was a Nazi movement, which is beyond ridiculous. Stabbing Jews is clearly the perfect provocation to perform when trying to push a lie about nazis. It makes no sense that suddenly Jews were being killed because the government changed in Kiev. That is a farce. You should really know better.

  5. Russia, and until recently Ukraine have Mafia style governments that thrive on terror. Jews and others have had to face neo-nazi thugs that beat up and kill them. If this is also going on with the new Ukrainian government which is trying to be more democratic, it should be no surprise. But their is no reason for Jews to take sides in this conflict neither the thuggish Putin regime or a democratic Ukraine will be a good place for Jews, and taking sides will be used against the Jews there.

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