Yeshiva Student Fighting For Life After Skinheads Attack In Kiev


KIEV, UKRAINE

August 29, 2005

A group of neo-Nazis stabbed two Kiev yeshiva students on an underpass Sunday evening, while on their way home from the yeshiva.

Mordechai Ben Avraham, 28, one of the students attacked, was in critical condition and undergoing brain surgery Monday. The other student was lightly wounded.

No suspects were identified as of Monday morning.

Rabbi Moshe Asman, of the Kiev Jewish community, was in contact with the police and promised that the stabbings would be dealt with seriously. Kiev police also made similar assurances, Army Radio reported.

The Jewish community describes local anti-Semitism as worsening since the elections six months ago. There have been a number of violent anti-Semitic incidents in recent months.

Although a significant portion of the Ukranian Jewish community has immigrated to Israel over the last few years, there are still 500,000 Jews living in the country. The city of Kiev is home to approximately 50,000 Jews.

The Jewish Agency reported that it would provide assistance to the victims.

--The Jerusalem Post

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