Anti-Semitic Elements in Ukraine Out of Control: Statement by Rabbi Y. Krinsky


August 29, 2005

In response to yesterday's vicious attack on two yeshiva students, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of Lubavitch Educational and Social Services Divisions, issued the following statement.

Yesterday’s violent attack on two yeshiva students in Kiev, which leaves one fighting for his life, raises serious concerns about a climate that has allowed anti-Semitic elements to spiral out of control.

The vicious attack demands a swift and unequivocal response by Ukrainian authorities. I urge law enforcement agents to locate this evil at its root, and do everything in its power to eradicate it.

It is apparent that tolerance of any expression of anti-Semitism ultimately emboldens its proponents to act in criminal and insane ways such as was unleashed yesterday on innocent yeshiva students.

Chabad-Lubavitch has a significant number of representatives, women, men and children, who, with no small measure of sacrifice, have dedicated themselves to rebuilding Jewish life and Jewish communities in Ukraine. I am optimistic that the Ukrainian government will continue to extend its support and protection to help facilitate this remarkable revival.

Chabad-Lubavitch and the larger Jewish community anticipate that Ukrainian authorities will prosecute this crime under the full measure of the law, and take all action to ensure the safety of its Jewish population.

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