Four arrested in brutal attack on rabbi in Ukraine


( Ukrainian police arrested four suspects Monday in the attack of Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, who was brutally beaten and robbed at a Ukrainian train station in the city of Zhitomir, according to

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch. Credit: 

Deitsch, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary, was airlifted to Israel following emergency surgery in Zhitomir and remains in serious but stable condition in Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan.

Two men and two women from the Carpathian Mountains region attacked Deitsch, 63, on the night of Oct. 6 or in the early hours of Oct. 7, stole his cash and cellphone, and left him bleeding and unconscious under a bridge near the train station, according to local reports in Ukrainian media. Deitsch suffered multiple head injuries and brain trauma.

The suspects returned to the city a week after the attack. They were identified and arrested by police on Oct. 17, reported.

Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Zhitomir, said the assault was probably not a case of anti-Semitism.

“It should be noted that this is an unusual case that does not in any way reflect on the community in Ukraine,” Wilhelm told Chabad following the incident.

Posted on October 19, 2016 .