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Anti-semitism in Uman: A Pig's head hurled into tomb

21 December 2016

The tomb of Rabbi Nachman, founder of the Breslov Hasidic group, resting in Uman, Ukraine, has been broken into early Wednesday morning.

At approximately 2:00 AM, worshipers at the tomb were horrified as a group of shaved headed vandals barged in, squirted red paint everywhere, and tossed a pig's organs on the tables.  A swastika was carved onto the pig's head. The attackers sprayed tear gas and shouted anti-Semitic epithets during the assault which left Jewish visitors to the tomb shaken.

“We were saved from murder only by the grace of heaven,” said one of the witnesses.

“It was really frightening,” said a second witness, who works at the compound. “We’ve suffered from anti-Semitism here in the past, but this attack crossed a line and we’re all still in shock. We’ve started to clean the place, and the police have been called, but as far as I know, there haven’t been any arrests.”

Since the fall of Communism, Uman has seen the arrival of thousands of pilgrims on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, who come to visit the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman, the founder of the Bratslav Hasidic sect who died in 1810.. This past September, 30,000 pilgrims visited the gravesite, in an airlift of 160 direct flights.