Translated from an article by Shimon Briman of the Forum Daily by Eitan Divinsky

On the morning of April 8th, dozens of spray painted graffiti signs of “Death to the Kikes” were discovered in

Odessa, Apr. 8th, 2014; Odessa's Jewish Community

Odessa, Apr. 8th, 2014; Odessa’s Jewish Community

Odessa. Someone spray painted the anti-Semitic graffiti on historical buildings, Jewish homes, and government offices.

Local Jews believe that these signs were the result of a series unsuccessful attempts by pro-Russian forces to take over Ukrainian government and security establishment compounds in Odessa. The anti-Semitic graffiti in Odessa, whose known as “Sea Pearl” amongst locals, is being attested to the continuation of pro-Russian unrest in Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov, perpetrated by anti-Ukrainian separatists.

The head rabbi of Odessa and Southern Ukraine, Avraham Wolf, an emissary of the Chabad movement, told the “Forum Daily:” “Our investigation demonstrated that this was the doing of people who arrived in Ukraine from abroad in order to spread the fires of the ongoing conflict. Similar events have been taking place in other South-eastern Ukrainian towns. It’s very unfortunate that they’re trying to pull us into this conflict. Just a few months ago, we stated that we’d like to remain completely neutral.”

Rabbi Wold also noted that the anti-Semitic incident will not prevent the community from preparing for the Pesach holiday.