Ukrainian Jew beaten in anti-Semitic incident

April 6, 2015 13:11

A Jewish man was severely beaten in an apparently anti-Semitic attack in Kharkiv, Ukraine late last month, according to Israel’s Russian language channel 9. During the attack, three men wearing masks and yelling “Jew, get out of town and out of the country” set upon neurosurgeon Oleksandr Dukhovskoi.

According to the World Zionist Organization “the attackers focused on his hands. Dukovski is a pediatric neurosurgeon and it’s unclear if he’ll ever be able to work again in his field” and “the local media did not report the antisemitic aspects of the attack, and the police are investigating it as hooliganism.”

Jewish organizations in Ukraine have downplayed anti-Semitism in their country, saying it isn’t a major concern, while Russian media has insisted that the government in Kiev is run by neo-Nazi fascists.

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