Synagogue in Greece set ablaze; religious books damaged

By JPOST.COM STAFF
April 19, 2011 12:24




A synagogue located on the Greek island of Corfu was set on fire late Tuesday night, damaging religious books and documents, local police told AFP reporters.

After breaking down the back door of the 19th century building after 3 a.m., the unknown assailants made a pile of various religious literature, books and documents in front of the rabbi's platform (bima) and then set them a blaze, a senior police officer said.

The synagogue was closed at the time, resulting in no injuries.

A passing police vehicle noticed the fire and reported the incident, the officer said.

In 2010, a similar act of vandalism in Crete destroyed hundreds of rare religious books.


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