JERUSALEM (AFP) – Rabbi Avraham Levine never imagined that years after immigrating from Russia to Israel he would fall victim to a brutal anti-Semitic attack in the heart of the Jewish state.
But less than three months ago, he was beaten up by teenage skinheads as he walked home in the city of Petah Tikva on Tel Aviv’s outskirts.
“They jumped on me, beat me and cursed my mother in Russian, then they returned with sticks and beat me up. My arm was broken but only God saved my life,” said Levine, 38, who arrived in Israel from Russia in 1995.
“They shouted ‘Zhids leave Russia!’ In Russia, I would hit someone if he said ‘zhid.’ How can someone do it in Israel?” he said.