Venezuelan foreign minister visits synagogue after antisemitic attack

February 12, 2009 20:52


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Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro 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, Maduro told Venezuelan-Israelite Association president Elias Farache that investigations would continue until police "get to the bottom of the truth." Farache thanked the government for "returning peace and tranquility to our congregation" and praised federal police "for apprehending the perpetrators." Authorities have arrested 11 people, including eight police officers, suspected of ransacking and vandalizing the synagogue on January 30.

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