Synagogue in Greece set ablaze; religious books burned

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

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