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Sunday, August 22, 2004

My heart sinks (further)


A police officer talks with Rabbi Claude Zaffran
outside the damaged Jewish community center
in Paris, Sunday Aug.22 2004
(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

I can barely stand to blog this. I hope you can barely stand to read it.
ABC News: PARIS Aug. 22, 2004 — Arsonists destroyed a Jewish community center in eastern Paris in a pre-dawn attack Sunday and left behind anti-Semitic graffiti, police said.

No one was hurt as flames tore through the center located on the first floor of a six-story building. The center, which served as a meeting place and cafeteria for the elderly and disadvantaged, was gutted, rescue officials said.

Firefighters were called to the scene at about 3:30 a.m. and extinguished the flames by early morning.

Authorities immediately suspected the fire was set deliberately. Inside the building, investigators found anti-Semitic graffiti and swastikas scrawled in red marker. One message read, "Without the Jews, the world is happy," while another said, "Jews get out."

Now I'll go help my son pack for college.

Without the Jews, the world is happy? Dear Gd . . .