(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The gravesite of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev in Uman, Ukraine, was desecrated Tuesday night. According to the Yeshiva World News website, visitors who arrived at the prayer compound at the site found a pig's head placed on one of the tables, and a red substance smeared on the floor and walls. It was not immediately clear whether the red substance was blood.
Several local reports said a swastika had been carved into the pig's head. One report said several worshippers had been attacked with tear gas as they entered the site by assailants who shouted anti-Semitic slurs.
Authorities are investigating the incident as an anti-Semitic attack, but no suspects have yet been arrested, Army Radio reported Wednesday.
"I was shocked to my core to hear of this terrible sacrilege," Shas party leader Member of Knesset Aryeh Deri told Israel’s Channel 2, adding he plans to ask Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to increase security at the site.
Rabbi Nachman's tomb draws tens of thousands of Israelis to Uman every year. Nearly 40,000 Israelis visited the site in 2016 alone. Additionally, thousands of Jews from around the world visit the rabbi’s gravesite for an annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage.