Debbie, where’s your outrage? Poor, poor, Debbie, try to be a little honest, even though you don’t know what the word “honesty” means, but don’t you feel a teensy weenie bit responsible for betraying your own people and remaining silent about it? I mean, these arson attacks were practically in your own backyard, you were probably silently cheering when you heard the news; perhaps you even handed out little sweets to your komrades. Oddly, however, you didn’t write me about it. Whattsamatta, kid, cat got your forked tongue?
Two Orthodox Jewish synagogues were vandalized in a 24-hour period at the end of last week, causing great damage to Torah scrolls, valuable prayer books and buildings.
The first arson attack was perpetrated against the South Tottenham synagogue, destroying prayer books more than 100 years old, including signed editions smuggled out of Germany and Poland by Jewish refugees in 1938. The second attack, which police said was not linked to the first, caused 250,000 of damage to the synagogue and headquarters of Aish HaTorah in Hendon. Rabbi Naftali Schiff, Executive-Director of the organization, told Arutz-7, “When I arrived for Sabbath morning services, the police had cordoned off the area and would not allow anyone to enter until the rabbi came. It was quite devastating to see the Sifrei Torah lying bare and torn on the floor. One was torn in half down the seam separating two pages of parchment, while the other was torn directly on the letters, almost all the way down the page… The arsonists apparently tried to set four fires, two of which did not catch!” He said, however, that there is no alarm in the community about anti-Semitic incidents. “We’re not France yet,” he said.
Other members of the Jewish community reportedly said they were increasingly apprehensive about what they see as rising anti-Semitic violence. More than 100 synagogues in Britain have been desecrated since September 2000, and according to a study by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, in the last quarter of 2003 there was a 39% increase in anti-Semitic incidents over the same period in 2002. In 2003, 375 such incidents were reported in Britain.