Visitors coming to pay their respects at the grave of Rabbi Nachman were “astonished” to find the site had been vandalised.
Antisemitic vandals left a severed pig head, and what is either red paint or blood, with reports varying.
The vandalism appears to have occurred on Tuesday night, and was discovered this morning.
The grave is located in Uman, Ukraine.
Rabbi Nachman was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement, and died in 1810. His grave is attended by around 150,000 visitors every year.
Rabbi Moshe Asman, the Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, told an Army radio station: “We will look into it, we have ways to do this, along with the police and local intelligence institutions, we will try to reach them. Vandals threw a pig’s head and shed blood”.
The question now is who did it, it wasn’t easy to move it there, because the area is inhabited by a lot of Jews”.
“There haven’t been events like this, but there are always cases of antisemitism before the New Year. In such a small place sometimes there are incidents, but I don’t have any more details, we will learn more from the investigation”.
Yair Lapid, Chairman of Israel’s Yesh Atid Party, urged the Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel to look into the incident personally, saying “I was shocked this morning to hear about the sickening and violent antisemitic attack, which occurred at the grave-site of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, in Uman, Ukraine”, and calling the incident “unacceptable and reminiscent of the darkest days of the history of the Jewish people in Europe”.