Moscow Stabbing Likened to 'Pogroms of Old'


January 11, 2006

International news agencies continue to cover developments in the attack earlier today on worshipers at a Chabad synagogue in Moscow. Photos of the attack indicate a bloody scene in the synagogue, generating widespread concern about growing anti-semitism.

Rabbi Berel Lazar, Russia's Chief Rabbi who is cutting short a visit to Jerusalem on account of the stabbing, said that this attack is an expression of a "fascist epidemic" in the country, and issued a call to "unite and fight against this destructive pattern."

Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, Chairman of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch educational and social services divisions, decried the attack, saying it is "reminiscent of the pogroms of old." But he said he is encouraged by the vigilance of law enforcement agencies in Moscow and by President Putin "against acts of anti-semtism."

"We pray that the victims of this vicious attack have a speedy recovery," said Rabbi Krinsky. According to reports from Moscow, the most critically injured of the victims is presently undergoing emergency surgery at a Moscow hospital.

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