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Jewish Targets Hit in Denmark

Attacks on two travel agencies specializing in trips to Israel are being investigating by the police.

So is a suspicious fire at a Jewish club last weekend.

The office of Israel Tours, a travel bureau in the center of Copenhagen, was invaded and vandalized last week by a group of unidentified, masked youths.

Considerable damage was done within a few minutes, but the assailants had disappeared by the time police arrived.

The travel agency has had to move to a different location.

Meanwhile, the Ariel travel bureau in Aarhus was vandalized no less than seven times and was forced to move to Herning.

Insurance companies have refused to extend its coverage.

Both travel agencies had combined sales of about 3,500 tickets to Israel a year. The attacks have been attributed to anti-Israel sentiments in Denmark.

Arson is believed responsible for a fire that broke out on the stairs to the Polish-Jewish Club here during the night of Dec. 11.

The club is located near the former office of Israel Tours. Its 200 members are Jews who came to Denmark from Poland in 1969, a time of resurgent anti-Semitism in that country.

The police are convinced the blaze was not accidental.