Daily Israel Report

Firebomb Attack on Yafo Synagogue

A synagogue in Yafo, in central Israel, was attacked by arsonists on Saturday.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 10/8/2011, 10:53 PM

Synagogue (illustrative)
Synagogue (illustrative)
Israel news photo

Attackers set fire to a synagogue in Yafo on Saturday night. The building suffered light damage.

The attack came hours after reports of vandalism in local Christian and Muslim cemeteries. The vandals painted slogans including, “Price tag,” and “death to Arabs.”

Also on Saturday evening, Arab residents of Yafo took to the streets to protest the desecration.

Several public figures have condemned the cemetery vandalism, including President Shimon Peres, who said Saturday, “The desecration of tombstones is a wicked act that brings dishonor on us, and stands in opposition to the values on which Israeli society is based.”

A synagogue in Jerusalem was burnt by unidentified attackers three weeks ago. The study hall was destroyed.