A young Israeli woman, who came to pray in Uman, was attacked because she was helping the women to mark Rabbi Nachman's grave when the entire complex was supposed to be closed to men only.
Bowman, on the other hand, claims that she was not attacked and that it was a plot, even though the footage that the young woman took clearly shows cuts and bruises on her body.
Lilac Ehrlich (20) arrived in Uman last week and stayed in a hotel there.
On Thursday evening she arrived at Rabbi Nachman's grave site and decided to spend the night with her friend, which according to her is not unusual due to the curfew imposed on the place.
When they woke up on Friday morning, they quickly began to pray, because the women's aid was supposed to be closed for Shabbat Hanukkah.
"They beat me in the room", a post by Lilac with her injured leg,
"Around nine thirty I was right in front of Rabbi Nachman's grave and my friend, Bat-El, was sitting next to me," she recalls.
"Suddenly, two religious men arrived, with beards and sideburns, and said that we had to vacate the compound in another ten minutes. I didn't argue, even though it was terribly infuriating, but my friend asked if it was possible to stay five more minutes in order to finish reading the general amendment. One of them agreed And the other said no, but they didn't argue too much. I sat and kept silent with my hand on the Rebbe's grave."
A few minutes later, one of the men came to her and forcibly pulled her from the plastic chair she was sitting on.
"I fell to the floor. He and another man dragged me into a small room, slamming my head on the floor in the process. In the room they started beating me. At some point a Ukrainian security guard who was there also arrived and the three of them beat me. One of them started banging my head on the floor, choking me . I tried to free myself, I scratched his hand, and he twisted my hand. The other scratched me. He threw me against the door like a ball is thrown. I was sure I was out of my head from the pain. He slammed me against the door."
Lilac in the post after the attack, photo: None
Lilach's girlfriend called the Ukrainian police, and Lilach, crying and screaming, tried to explain to them what happened.
"I was shocked, crying and screaming. At one point they handcuffed the security guard but did nothing to the Jews. I was crying, shouting, and my friend confronted them, asking them if they would do this to their sister. In response, one of them spat in her face."
The shocked young woman returned to the hotel where she was staying and filed a complaint with the police on Saturday night, despite the fact that, according to her, Jewish officials in Uman tried to dissuade her from doing so.
"They tried to convince me not to go to the media, but I told them they brought it on themselves."
Bowman says in response to the claims that they have no merit.
At first one of the people who tried to dissuade her from complaining claimed that there had never been anything and claimed that it was "nonsense and nonsense", but then, without specifying who it was, he claimed that "on her Facebook she looks different and without signs".
Later Gers said that "in all the media it was announced that the grade would be closed to women and yet she decided to break the law. We condemn any physical or verbal violence, but this is not the case," he said.
Erlich claims that after she left Zion, a woman approached her who said that this was not the first case of violence against women.
"I was told that on Rosh Hashanah they beat a woman in a wheelchair," she said.
It should be noted that for many years Uman was also a refuge for non-normative people who fled Israel or different countries and settled in the Ukrainian city.
It is not clear if this is the case this time.
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