SAO PAULO, Brazil (Mar. 4)
Security police today ordered full protection for all Jewish buildings in Sao Paulo, including the Israel consulate, in the wake of a series of anti-Semitic attacks during the past weekend.
General Aldevio B. Barbosa de Lemos, head of the security police, promised to take all possible measures to prevent any repetition of the attacks and to find the perpetrators. The Governor of Sao Paulo, Adhemarde Barros, expressed his support of the Jewish community and said that the attacks had “violated the anti-racist sentiments of the Brazilian people.”
The incidents included the planting of a bomb in the Beth Jacob school in Sao Paulo suburb, which caused considerable damage to the school in a pre-dawn explosion, the firing of eight to ten rounds into a Jewish-owned plant and smearing of anti-Semitic slogans and swastikas on the plant and Jewish schools.