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Synagogue Vandalism Hooligan Act

An incident of vandalism at an East End synagogue yesterday was dismissed as “a minor act of hooliganism” by a spokesman for the Federation of Synagogues today. The spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that it was “probably the act of a drunk who tossed a stone through a window.”

The broken window pane was discovered at the Great Synagogue on Fieldgate Street in Stepney several hours after memorial services were conducted for the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes slain in Munich. The spokesman indicated, however, that there was no apparent link between the vandalism and the services. “The police as well as ourselves, assume that it was what is known as a minor act of hooliganism,” he said.