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Synagogue in Rumania Burned Down

A synagogue in the Rumanian town of Bohush in Moldavia was burned to the ground after its janitor was stabbed by unknown assailants last Thursday. Rumanian Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen reported the incident in a Kol Israel Radio interview Sunday.

He said the arson occurred a day after a visit to the provincial synagogue by the Hasidic Rebbe of Bohush who lives in Israel, accompanied by several of his followers. The janitor suffered knife wounds on his face and arms.

Rosen said there have been scattered anti-Semitic incidents in Rumania in recent years and anti-Semitic lyrics to a popular song were published recently in a major newspaper. But no synagogue was ever burned down before, Rosen said.