26 May 2014, 15:07
Ukrainian chief rabbi's residence attacked again
Moscow, May 26, Interfax - A group of armed criminals attacked the residence of Chief Rabbi of Kiev and Ukraine Yaakov Dov Bleich located not far from Kiev in Belgorodka.
The incident took place at night on May 23. The criminals tried to attack military security guards, located near the fence of the house, executive director of the country's Jewish Confederation Inna Ioffe told 112 Ukraine TV channel.
"They were attacked by people who came up to the house in a jeep. They wore camouflage uniform, masks and had automates. As everything was quiet, our security guards were staying in a car. They were thrown out of their car, automates were focused on their chests, then they were laid down to the ground. Then a security guard who was behind the fence heard the noise and called the militia," Ioffe said.
The militia arrived during an hour. When the attackers heard the law-enforcement officers coming, they left. No one was injured.
"But when they laid our security guards to the ground, when they threatened them, they also cried that they would burn the house, kill the people, and they voiced direct threats," the Jewish organization director said.
According to her, it is the third attack to the residence for less than a month. She considers it an attempt to intimidate the Jewish community on the eve of elections.
She also said that not far from Bleich's central office Jews were attacked four times from January to March 2014.
"It was highlighted in the media, various Ukrainian law-enforcement agencies talked about it, we turned to international Jewish organizations, but they haven't responded yet who was it and why," Ioffe said.