Chasid Attacked in Uman

A man davens in Uman, near the kever of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, zy”a. (Reuters/Konstantin Chernichkin/File Photo)

Several Ukrainians attacked a Chassid who was shopping in a store in Uman on Tuesday morning, Ukrainian media reported. The victim, an Israeli citizen who lives in Uman, sustained a facial injury. Two Ukrainians, both 21 years old, were arrested and charged with assault.

The Uman municipality reported that according to a survey they have made, 94% of the local residents do not want outside visitors in their city this year.

Meanwhile, last Friday, local residents of Uman tried to bar Chassidim from entering the city for the annual Rosh Hashanah nesiah to the tziyun of the Rebbe Reb Nachman of Breslov, Kan News reported. The Chassidim were among the dozens of Jews who had entered Ukraine in the hours before a ban on foreign nationals entering the country goes into effect.

In videos posted on social media, angry crowds of locals are seen pushing and shoving the Chassidim as they confronted them before dawn on Friday morning.

Later, as the Chassidim tried to enter some of the apartments they had rented in a half-completed residential building, locals are heard yelling at the Jews in Ukrainian that they are acting dangerously and that they should get out of the town.

The building was under construction, but its completion has been stalled as a result of dispute between the owners and the construction workers. A man who claimed to be the owner of the building is seen pleading with police, in English, to allow the visitors to enter the building, telling the police many times, “It’s my house.”

The local police instructed the Jews that they may stay in Uman, but not in the uncompleted building itself.

Israeli media quoted Uman Mayor Oleksandr Tsebriy as saying, “People are afraid for their lives, we don’t want visitors here this year.”

Updated Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 12:04 pm .