'Death to Jews’ sprayed on Crimea synagogue.
As Ukraine crisis deepens, Jews in the Crimean peninsula fear more anti-Semitic attacks.
According to the Russian-Israeli news site izrus.co.il, swastikas and the phrase “Death to the Jews” were sprayed on the door and facade of the Reform Ner Tamid synagogue in Simferopol, located in the Crimean peninsula.
Anatoly Gendin, head of the Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities of Crimea, told the news site that the perpetrators needed to climb a two-meter wall to reach the building.
“Clearly, it was important for the anti-Semites to commit this crime. Since the crisis began prices went up by 30 percent, pensions aren’t being paid,” he wrote in a statement sent to media. ”As usual, Jews are blamed [for] these disasters and Jews are held responsible. I am afraid to think how this will progress.”
The attack took place as Ukrainian troops reported takeovers of two airports in the Crimea region by Russian forces.
Crimea is heavily populated by ethnic Russians.