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Jewish institutions attacked in Chile

(JTA) — Jewish institutions in three cities in Chile have been vandalized in recent weeks, according to the American Jewish Committee. 

Jewish schools, synagogues and cemeteries in Santiago, Concepcion and Temuco have been vandalized and desecrated, AJC said in a news release issued Tuesday.

The organization said it has called on President Sebastian Pinera to step up the government’s efforts to respond to the recent surge in assaults on the Chilean Jewish community.

“The systematic campaign of vandalism of Jewish institutions throughout Chile, as well as personal threats against the community’s leaders, is of paramount concern to us,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “We trust President Pinera’s government will take the necessary actions to strengthen security for the Jewish community and apprehend those responsible for the anti-Semitic attacks.”
 

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