Venezuelan official visits synagogue after attack

February 12, 2009 20:52


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Venezuela's foreign minister visited a synagogue on Thursday that was recently attacked by vandals and promised the country's Jewish community that authorities would determine who was responsible for the assault. During a visit to the Tiferet Israel Synagogue in Caracas, Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro told Venezuelan-Israelite Association president Elias Farache that investigations would continue until police "get to the bottom of the truth." Authorities have arrested 11 people, including eight police officers, suspected of ransacking and vandalizing the synagogue on January 30. The assailants shattered religious objects, spray-painted "Jews, get out" on the temple's walls and stole a computer database with names and addresses of Jews living in Venezuela. One of the synagogue's security guards and a police officer who authorities say worked as a bodyguard for a local rabbi are among the 11 suspects under arrest. Police are currently searching for four more suspects.

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