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Ukrainian Jews Attacked; Israel Increases Flights to Ukraine

While Ukrainian Jews are being attacked by anti-Semites, Israel has signed an agreement to increase holiday flights to Ukraine.
By Hana Levi Julian
First Publish: 8/3/2008, 10:43 AM

Anti-Semites attacked the local office of the Torah study program "Stars" in Lviv, Ukraine and beat up two teachers last week.

The assailants broke windows and beat the teachers with metal rods, screaming "Kikes, leave Ukraine!" and "Ukraine is occupied by Kikes!" according to the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union (U.C.S.J.),

U.C.J.S. spokesman Meylakh Sheykhet said, "There is no doubt that this is an act of anti-Semitism, and those attackers do not want to see observant Jews meeting at the building. It is possible because some Ukrainian leaders promote xenophobic and anti-Semitic ideas in society."
It is possible because some Ukrainian leaders promote xenophobic and anti-Semitic ideas in society.

Less than a month ago, Ukrainian politician Oleg Tyagnybok reportedly called for "a purge of Jews." A former member of the "Our Ukraine" party, he called in his speech for "merciless action" against Jews and Russians, who he said had "seized power" in Ukraine, according to the S. Louis Jewish Light.

Airlines Believe in Breslov Flights to Ukraine
While Ukrainian Jews are struggling with rising anti-Semitism, Ukraine and Israel have signed an agreement to allow more flights to operate between the two countries.

The move comes in anticipation of the annual trek by Breslover Hassidim ahead of the Rosh HaShanah holiday to visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, the founder and late leader of the movement, who is buried in Uman. El Al Airlines and Aerosvit Airlines currently operate the route.

Israel had requested a limited number of flights to carry passengers to Uman, but Ukrainian officials replied that they do not want the city of Uman to be taken over by Breslov followers. Approximately 20,000 - 30,000 pilgrims go to visit Rabbi Nachman's grave every Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.