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Jewish Cemetery Desecrated in Ukraine

Memorial candles, commemoration for Jews murdered in Holocaust are vandalized in western Ukraine.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 6/8/2012, 10:37 AM

Anti-Semitic Graffiti (illustrative)
Anti-Semitic Graffiti (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A Jewish cemetery has been vandalized in the city of Rivne in western Ukraine, local news sources report. Vandals broke street lights and desecrated a plaque in the memory of 17,500 Ukrainian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Police are investigating.

The broken street lights were laid on the ground and arranged to spell out insulting phrases.

Local Jewish leader Henady Frayerman termed the incident “horrifying.”

Two years ago, a young yeshiva student was brutally murdered in Kiev. In March of this year, a Holocaust memorial was desecrated in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.

In April, a Ukrainian yeshiva student was attacked by anti-Semites as he left a synagogue in Kiev. He was left with life-threatening injuries, but regained consciousness after receiving treatment in Israel in what doctors termed a miraculous recovery.