Ukrainian Jewish student’s dorm vandalized in hate crime

Anti-Semitic etchings found on walls of Jewish student's dorm, bible stolen.

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Definition of anti-Semitism
Definition of anti-Semitism

The dorm of a Jewish student in Ukraine was vandalized with anti-Semitic etchings.

The student at Kharkiv’s V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, who was identified only as Vladislav, discovered the vandalism on Dec. 30, Jewish News of Ukraine and the World, the news site of the United Jewish Community in Ukraine (UJCU) reported Monday.

The etchings on the wall included “Ave Satan” and far-right symbols. The intruders also drew swastikas, pentagrams and a Star of David, according to photos of the scene provided on the website.

The perpetrators did not steal anything except the alleged victim’s Bible, the report said. The student reportedly works for a Jewish organization in Kharkiv.

The United Jewish Community of Ukraine, one of several umbrella groups representing the Jewish community, reportedly filed a criminal complaint with the police.