Head of Hatzalah Ukraine attacked, stabbed in Kiev

Synagogue in Kiev, Ukraine

The head of Hatzalah emergency services in Ukraine said he was beaten and stabbed on Thursday night in Kiev by Russian-speaking youth.

The victim, Rabbi Hillel Cohen, described the circumstances surrounding the attack to the website Rotter.net.

At 10 p.m., Cohen was on his way to a hospital to visit a sick tourist from the UK when he was suddenly struck so hard that he fell to the ground.

Two young men began stabbing him in the leg with an unidentified object while calling him “zhyd” — the derogatory Russian slur for Jew — and other unclear words which he said sounded like Russian…

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