Rabbi severely beaten in Ukraine, airlifted to Israel in serious condition


(JNS.org) A rabbi who was severely beaten at a Ukrainian train station has been airlifted to Israel where he remains in serious but stable condition.

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch. Credit: Chabad.org

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, a longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and more recently Israel, was attacked at the central train station in the Ukrainian city of Zhitomir early Friday morning.

According to Chabad, the attack was apparently carried out by a “group of drunks” was motived by theft and not anti-Semitism.

“It should be noted that this is an unusual case that does not in any way reflect on the community in Ukraine,” said Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Zhitomir. “Apparently, this is not a case of anti-Semitism. Rabbi Deutsch was attacked and beaten while being robbed.”

Following the attack, Deitsch underwent emergency surgery in Zhitomir then was airlifted to Israel by medical transport and now remains in serious but stable condition in Tel Hasomer Hospital in Ramat Gan.

Posted on October 10, 2016 .