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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Synagogue in Minsk is torched

fifth attempt in two years
Unidentified assailants set a synagogue in the Belarusian capital on fire - the latest in a steady series of anti-Semitic actions in the ex-Soviet republic, Jewish activists said Wednesday.

The attackers dosed kerosene at the synagogue's entrance and set it on fire overnight. Firefighters managed to save the building, but its facade was damaged in the fire, said Yuri Dorn, president of the Jewish Religious Union of Belarus.
The AP article at JPost points out that a memorial complex to the victims of the Yama ghetto in Minsk was desecrated by drawn swastikas in May.