Reports of death of Jewish leader in Ukraine greatly exaggerated

January 21, 2015 20:42

The Donetsk Jewish community has demanded an apology from the Ukrainian media over reports that one of its leaders was brutally murdered by pro-Russian separatists.

According to reports, Yehuda Kellerman, a senior communal leader, was severely beaten by men adorned with symbols identifying them as belonging to the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic and subsequently died of his injuries in an ambulance.

“The Donetsk Jewish community formally denies this lie,” the community posted on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

“Thank God he’s all right and God bless him with health and long life, up to one hundred and twenty [years],” the community asserted, demanding an apology both from the press and European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor, who was quoted as a source in the article. Kantor was also quoted as saying that terrorists and anti-Semites had taken over the city.

The EJC had not released any statements relating to Kellerman on its website.

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