The pig’s head that was found at the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev in Uman, Ukraine. Photo: YouTube.
JNS.org – The Ukrainian prosecutor general announced Wednesday that he would personally oversee the investigation into the attack of Jewish worshipers at a popular Hasidic pilgrimage site.
Yuri Lutsenko is leading the probe into the teargassing of Jews who had come to pray at the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, where they were met by assailants yelling antisemitic slurs — and found a pig’s head and fake blood smeared on the walls and floor of the compound. No suspects have yet been arrested, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday.
Two Israelis were taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to the sexton of the tomb’s synagogue, Rabbi Yisrael Elhadad.
Elhadad described the two attackers as “neo-Nazis,” according to Israeli news site Ynet.
Israeli political leaders expressed shock and anger over the attack, and called on the Ukrainian government to take swift action.
According to Ukraine’s chief rabbi, vandalism of the grave and attacks against pilgrims are not uncommon.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, tens of thousands of Jews have visited Rabbi Nachman’s gravesite, with huge numbers gathering on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Some have lately started settling permanently in Uman, a move that has increasingly caused tension between the new arrivals and locals.