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Algerian President Orders Police to Track Down Synagogue Vandals

Algerian President Houari Boumedienne said today that he has ordered police to track down with all available means the vandals who desecrated and looted the Algiers synagogue last month and bring them to trial. Boumedienne, who received Marcel Said, president of the city’s Jewish community, in a private audience, asked him to convey to all community members his “sympathy at the loss they suffered.” He also told Said that Algeria’s Jews will “always find my door open.”

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the synagogue break-in but none of the stolen objects, including silver candle sticks and Torah scroll ornaments, have been recovered. The police investigation is continuing.