Synagogue in Greece set ablaze; religious books burned

April 19, 2011 12:35

Unknown assailants break into Corfu synagogue, pile and burn various religious literature, books, documents in front of rabbi's platform.

A burnt Torah scroll (illustrative).

Torah funeral - Gallery 6. (photo credit: Moshe Goldshtein)

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.

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After breaking down the back door of the 19th century building after 3 a.m., the unknown arsonists 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.

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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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