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Vandals put pig head, fake blood on Ukraine rabbi's grave

AP
Published Dec 21, 2016, 7:23 pm IST
Updated Dec 21, 2016, 7:23 pm IST
Tens of thousands of pilgrims annually visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav.
Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)
 Representational Image. (Photo: Pixabay)

Moscow: Ukrainian prosecutors have opened a probe into an attack on an important Jewish pilgrimage site in a central Ukrainian town.

The grave of a revered Hasidic rabbi was desecrated with a pig's head and daubed with fake blood before dawn on Wednesday.

 

Tens of thousands of pilgrims annually visit the grave of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav in the town of Uman, south of Kiev.

The office of Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko says in a statement that Lutsenko has taken the case under his personal control and instructed local prosecutors to make it a priority.

Far-right groups have targeted Jewish pilgrims before. Ukrainian nationalists in 2015 destroyed a tent city for the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to the gravesite.

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