Menorah in Kiev vandalised with ‘blood’ and a swastika
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Menorah in Kiev vandalised with ‘blood’ and a swastika

Local rabbi captures pictures of bloodstained Chanukiah daubed with a swastika and Nazi references

Blood splattered on the base of the menorah in Kiev. 

Credit: Reuven Stamov on Facebook
Blood splattered on the base of the menorah in Kiev. Credit: Reuven Stamov on Facebook

A Chanukahh menorah at a synagogue in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was doused with red liquid resembling blood and vandalised with a swastika.

The incident happened Sunday at Podol synagogue, according to Eduard Dolinsky, the director of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee. The menorah, which is several feet tall, was standing outside the building. Police are checking whether the liquid is blood, possibly from a pig, and have no suspects.

Reuven Stamov, a local rabbi, took pictures showing the thick, dark red liquid at the foot of the menorah.

Last month, an anti-Semitic slur was painted on the wall of a Jewish charity in western Ukraine.

Those incidents follow several cases of death threats and vandalism against Jewish institutions in western Ukraine, including at cemeteries and synagogues.

Сегодня 6 день праздника Ханука.
Праздника, который говорит о том, что свет всегда побеждает тьму.
Наша киевская община…

Posted by Reuven Stamov on Sunday, 17 December 2017

Ukraine has been having a divisive public debate over the conferring of state honours on nationalists who incited hatred against Jews during the 1930s and 1940s, including for some who collaborated with the Nazis.

A swastika and Nazi reference ’14/88′ daubed on the menorah in Kiev Credit: Eduard Dolinsky on Facebook
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