Israeli crematorium torched


Israel’s only crematorium was torched.

Unknown arsonists set fire Wednesday to an outdoor oven belonging to Alei Shalehet, the only Israeli mortuary to offer cremation as an alternative to burial. The attack took place hours after the crematorium’s previously secret location, on farmland outside Tel Aviv, was published in a fervently Orthodox newspaper.

Alei Shalehet’s owner blamed religious zealots angered at the availability of cremation, which is against Jewish law, in Israel. Police had no immediate comment on the suspects.  

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