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July 12, 2012 3:18 pm

French Synagogue Vandalized For Third Time in Ten Days

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A synagogue in Paris. Photo: Anach Infos.

The synagogue of Noisy-le-Grand of the Seine-Saint-Denis district in Paris, was vandalized on Wednesday night, the third such incident within a ten-day period.

“I am 73 years old and I cried like a child,” synagogue caretaker Maurice Zana told Anach Infos, a French-language Jewish news website.

“They came to plunder, but all in all they took only two vacuums,” Zana said in his description of the incident. “They must have been upset that there was nothing else to take.”

The perpetrators threw prayer books and shawls to the floor and shattered windows upstairs. “They vandalized the walls, tables, clocks and the floor,” Zana continued. “They ransacked all the drawers where Talesim (prayer shawls) are kept, they threw the holy books on the floor.”

The Bureau National de Vigilance Contr L’Antisemtisme (BNVCA), a French anti-Semitism watchdog has alerted the authorities of the incident, calling for more measures to be taken to prevent further hate crimes. “Despite the measures taken, things persist, and I think that we need additional legislation, because the Jewish community is annoyed,” said BNVCA president Sammy Ghozlan.

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