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Arson Attempt on Synagogue in Spain Provokes Concern in London

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World Sephardi Federation officials expressed concern here today over the fact that three men who set fire to a synagogue in Barcelona, Spain, in August had still not been found by Spanish police.

Reports from Barcelona indicated that there was little likelihood of apprehending them. The synagogue, which suffered damage to its doors and windows, houses both the Sephardi and Ashkenazi congregations of Barcelona. Gasoline-soaked copies of the London Times were used to fire the synagogue.

The Sephardi Federation sent a letter today to the President of the Barcelona Jewish Community, expressing “deep regret that those responsible for this outrage had not yet been caught.” The letter noted that the arson attack was “the first attempt of its kind in Spain since reestablishment of Jewish communities.”

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