New synagogue under construction attacked

A synagogue currently under construction in the city of Arkhangelsk, Russia has been attacked by vandals armed with air guns, who also smashed nine windows and wrote anti-Semitic inscriptions on the building.

The incident occurred in the early hours of April 8 when Jews were celebrating the Passover, a spokesperson for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) said on Thursday.

“Shortly after the recent desecration of a monument of the Holocaust victims in Volgograd, with just weeks to go until the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Victory, that very Victory to which the whole country was heading with such torment and torture in the fight against the Nazi, home-grown xenophobes have again shown their faces,” FJCR President Alexander Boroda was quoted as saying.

Given the rise in such incidents, regional law enforcement authorities should pay serious attention and tighten security around religious buildings and monuments to victims of the Nazis, he said.

The former USSR accounts for half of all the victims of the Holocaust caused by the anti-Semitic policy of the Third Reich, Boroda said.

“This is exactly why the people of our country, which experienced all the horrors of Nazism, must be particularly intolerant towards this kind of vandalism and the ideology that breeds it, and remember and honor the memory of victims of that war and fight any manifestation of religious and ethnic intolerance,” the FJCR chief said.

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