WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Caracas synagogue was damaged by a bomb.
The homemade grenade, tossed late Feb. 26 into the Orthodox Beit Shmuel synagogue, damaged windows and a car; no injuries were reported.
It was the second such attack this year on a Jewish site in Caracas. Eleven people, including eight policemen, are under arrest for vandalizing a Caracas synagogue last month. In that attack, the walls were painted with anti-Semitic slogans, religious objects were damaged and thieves stole a database listing Venezuela’s Jews.
Jewish leaders in Venezuela and overseas accused President Hugo Chavez of stoking tensions with rhetoric comparing Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip to Nazi oppression.