Jewish Blood Spilled in Kiev Again
Reported by the Forum Daily:
New criminal attack in the Ukrainian capital: a religious Jew was attacked by a group of anonymous individuals who hit him several times with a knife.
The attack took place two days ago in the evening (January 17th) near a synagogue on Podol (Shekavizkaya Street). The victim is a little over 30 years of age. His name is Dov-Bear Glickman. He’s a citizen of the Ukraine.
The Head Rabbi of Ukraine, Moshe Reuven Asman is spending time at the hospital, visiting the wounded Jew. According to Rav Asman, “the Jewish community of Podol is close to panic. People are afraid to walk the streets.”
The rabbi of the Podol synagogue, Rabbi Dov Blaich, is currently on a visit to the United States.
It’s important to note that exactly a week ago on the eve of January 10th at about the same place, six anonymous thugs beat up another religious Jew who happened to be an emissary of the Israeli government. As was reported by Forum Daily, the Ukrainian security department and the Kiev police are investigating this incident. Now, it seems like they will have a second case on their hands.
These two bloody incidents are clear indications that the government in incapable of preventing violence in the center of the Ukrainian capital. Two attacks on Podol within a period of several days are also a clear indication that an anti-Semitic organization is actively coordinating attacks in the Podol area.
The following is a letter from Mr. Alexander Levin, president of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry and Rabbi Moshe Reuven Asman, Head Rabbi of the Ukraine to the American ambassador to the Ukraine:
To His Excellency the United States Ambassador to Ukraine, Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt
January 16, 2014
Dear Mr. Ambassador,
On behalf of Kiev’s religious Jewish community, we would like to express our deepest respect for you and our gratitude to the U.S. Senate for the passage of Resolution 319 (113th Congress; 2013-2014) on the subject of Ukraine. It not only faces political situation in Ukraine, but also directly affects Ukraine’s Jewish community.
Unfortunately, on New Year’s Eve, 2014, we witnessed the appearance of a Ukrainian MP pretending to be a “Kike,” and demonstrating the image of a Jew through the lens of the worst possible anti-Semitic traits to the hundreds of thousands of people who had gathered at Maidan.
At the center of the Ukrainian capital signs and caricatures aimed at Jews are being posted without any objection. One of the main slogans of the march of torches and other mass protests is “Ukraine above everything,” which evokes parallels to Hitler’s “Deutschland uber alles” (Germany above everything) to the whole world.
The U.S. Senate paid heed to these embarrassing events. This is expressed in point #4 of the resolution. Unlike of the U.S., there was no such reaction to this expression of anti-Semitism or “hate speech” in Ukraine.
We’re especially concerned that this type of rhetoric may be used by political and other groups on the eve of—and throughout the 2015 presidential elections in order to profit politically by transferring the focus of discussion in the society from the major problems the country is experiencing to artificially created conflicts on the national and religions bases.
Taking into attention the upcoming U.N.-established day of Remembrance of Holocaust victims and the U.S. being the leader of the democratic, we are kindly asking Your Excellency to hold a meeting with the leaders of Ukraine’s Jewish community to discuss the above-mentioned issues in order to prevent further escalation of anti-Semitism in Ukraine.
We thank the United States for your support of the democratic process and the efforts you have made to further the cause of human rights in Ukraine.
Alexander Levin, U.S. citizen,
Head of Kiev’s Jewish religious community,
President of the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jewry,
Rabbi Moshe-Reuven Asman,
Chief Rabbi of Ukraine.