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Jewish man in Kiev attacked after seder

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April 9, 2012 | 10:47 am

A Jewish man was attacked after he left a seder at a synagogue in Kiev.

The man, 25, was found on Sunday night, nearly a full day after the attack, with serious head injuries believed to have been inflicted by glass bottles, Ynet reported. He is in critical condition in a Kiev hospital.

After a day of searching he was found in an area near the synagogue, where attacks by neo-Nazi groups have occurred in the past, Yaakov Zilberman, director of the Jewish community in Kiev, told Ynet.

The Kiev Jewish community is working to have the injured man flown to Israel for treatment.

Local police are reluctant to investigate the attack as an anti-Semitic hate crime, Zilberman told Ynet.

Zilberman says he believes the man was targeted because he was wearing a yarmulke when he left the synagogue.

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