Two attacks on Jews in Kiev within a week

A Jewish man from Kiev sustained serious injuries in a knife attack by three men in the second assault on a Jewish person in the city in a week.

The victim of the stabbing on Jan. 18 was identified by Ukrainian media as Dov Ber Glickman, 28, a student at a local yeshiva for married men.

Glickman was attacked after exiting the Podolski synagogue. After the stabbing, he returned to the synagogue and was rushed to the hospital, where he was recovering this week, according to Rabbi Moshe Asman, a chief rabbi of Ukraine. Asman told the Israeli daily Maariv that Glickman suffered a massive loss of blood.

Police are searching for the attackers, who fled.

A week earlier, four unidentified men were involved in an assault on an Israeli-born Hebrew teacher from Kiev, whom they followed from synagogue to his home.

Mark Levin, executive director of NCSJ: Advocates on Behalf of Jews in Russia, Ukraine, the Baltic States and Eurasia, strongly condemned the violent attacks in Kiev targeting Jewish individuals.

“It’s disturbing that the incidents have happened on back-to-back Friday nights,” he said. There is “growing concern” throughout the Jewish community in Kiev, he said, adding: “The atmosphere has certainly been changing over the last couple of months.”

Levin said the government and police must be convinced to provide greater security around synagogues and other Jewish sites in the city. He said he has spoken to the U.S. ambassador in Kiev, who is in touch with the Ukrainian government on the issue. — jta