Rising hate against the Jewish community has been more than visible throughout Chanukah, especially in Ukraine- where 3 incidents of Menorah vandalism were reported.
Suspected to be hate crimes, three large menorahs lit by the Jewish community were vandalized and struck down by antisemites, including the latest incident in Kyiv on Tuesday this week where a menorah that was erected in the Troieshchyna district in the city’s northeast was knocked down and its lamps were smashed.
In another instance, in the eastern city of Dnipro, police arrested five teenagers on suspicion that they knocked down a large menorah on Nov. 29. Then, on Nov. 30, unidentified individuals cut the lighting strips that decorated a large menorah in Nikolayev, a city in southern Ukraine near Odessa.
Similar incidents have taken place in Ukraine over the past several years, and just last year, a perpetrator named Andrey Rachkov, showed the audacity of filming himself toppling a Hanukkah menorah in downtown Kyiv while shouting, “Jews to the graves.”
Police are currently in search of the vandals who committed the hate crimes this year.