Pig’s Head Found at Ukraine Synagogue Under Construction

Critics say construction area was a mass grave for non-Jewish Ukrainians killed during WWII.

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A pig’s head was left on the doorstep of a synagogue being built in Sevastopol, the Ukrainian city’s Jewish community said.

Amid intensifying opposition to the synagogue’s construction, the zarusskiy.org news site reported on Wednesday that the head was discovered Monday by members of the Jewish community.

The Chabad movement began building the synagogue last year in the southern Ukrainian coastal city. It is planned to open next year.

Chabad’s emissary to Sevastopol, Rabbi Binyomin Wolff, was not available for comment on the incident.

Some critics of the building say the construction area was a mass grave for non-Jewish Ukrainian prisoners killed by fascists during World War II.

On October 30, several dozen residents of Sevastopol demonstrated in front of the building. One of the rally’s organizers, Vladimir Tyunin, was quoted as telling the news site 15minut.org that Chabad was a “hateful, Zionist sect.” He added: “We are not against other religions, but we support those religions that are traditional.”

Boris Nesterenko, a spokesman for the Sevastopol Jewish community, told 15minut that the building will have three stories and a capacity of 400 worshipers.

An archive photo of a Synagogue in Podol district, Kiev, Ukraine.Credit: Khoptiar il